Neri, G. – Yummy

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  1. Profile photo of chidinmachidinma

    Yummy review

    Yummy: The Last Days of the Southside Shorty is a graphic novel by G Neri. This book shows the life of a young short gangster through the eyes of another young boy. This graphic novel is actually based on a true story. The main character, yummy is a 4 feet tall 11-year-old boy. Yummy belongs to the gang group called the black disciples; they are known to perpetrate crimes in their neighbourhood. The fact that yummy was part of BDN gang group got to his head and it made him kill an innocent girl. The after math of his actions forced him to go into hiding and his actions affected both his family and his neighbourhood in ways that are shown in the graphic novel. The BDN gang group betrayed yummy in such a way that is inhumane and dishearten.

    The great points about this novel are that it leaves an impact on the readers and it does a good job with viewing yummy through the eyes of another person. The theme of the novel is appropriate and the intended audiences will relate well to the plot. Each character has a purpose in the novel and the way emotions are portrayed through the drawings is amazing. The characters interact well with each other and the background of each panel gives the readers a sense of where each event is taking place. Each dialogue is placed in the appropriate place making it easy for the reader to know which dialogue comes first. And the use of language is appropriate for each character.

    The bad points about this graphic novel are that sometimes the drawings are a bit too violent and disturbing. And the beginning of the novel is a bit too boring. It does not engage the reader at first read.

    This novel is not recommended to people under the age of 13 due to the intricate illustrations and the use of language. This novel is also not recommended to people who do not understand gang groups and gang violence.

    The question being asked is; can this novel considered a piece of literature? This novel is a graphic novel because there is a theme, plot and setting of the novel. Although there are pictures, it does not over power the use of language.

  2. Profile photo of Kelly MillerKelly Miller

    What do you think, can this book be considered a piece of literature? Can any graphic novel be considered literature? Have you read a graphic novel that you think passes the test to be known as literary?

  3. Profile photo of AliceAlice

    Well, we read this book in my English class, and I think it is pretty interesting.
    The story is about Yummy, a young. short, gangster who lived in the same town with the Narrator, Roger. In my point of view, I think this whole story is sad and kind of scary. Yummy’s life was short and full with anger, Roger see that. In his mind, Yummy was not just rude gangster; sometimes he could be a child who needs love and help.
    In the back of the book, there’s some words like this: ” I don’t know which one is more lamentable, the child’s life, or the child’s dead.”
    If you want to know some more about this story, open this graphic novel and start reading.

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    Born to neglectful, abusive, drug-addicted, and prostitute parents, can an eleven-year-old young boy, Yummy, be considered both as a victim and a cold-blooded killer of a young sweet girl named Shavon? This is the principal question explored in the compelling graphic novel Yummy the Last Days of a Southside Shorty by writer G.Neri and illustrator Randy DuBurke. The graphic novel is based on real events that occurred in 1994 Chicago. Roger, the narrator, gathers information from the news and from around the neighborhood to make sense of Yummy and Shavon’s deaths. However, Roger first has to understand the solitude life of Yummy, a life with no family or any guidance. Yummy’s hometown was ran by an unlawful gang called the black disciples, and they were eagerly looking for young recruits to work for them. Unfortunately, one day Yummy was allured into the gang by thinking that he would have “brothers,” and a “family.” One day during a rival gang shooting, Yummy accidentally shot an innocent young girl, Shavon. Yummy became a fugitive under the protection of his gang members. However, as the Black Disciples got tired of covering up for Yummy, they put their hands on him.

    The dialogue, narrator, and artwork is how the Neri and Duburke enthralls their readers. The dialogues befit the shape of speech bubbles, and thus expressively convey the tone. For example, when people scream for help when they find Shavon dead, and when the television broadcasts Yummy as a murderer, the speech bubbles are sharply pointed outwards. By using pointy speech marks, readers can feel an urgent and alarming tone. Moreover, the narrator’s lines are plainly boxed up, so readers can easily differ them from other character lines. Also, the narrator never states a moral and rather shows contrasting views of Yummy, and raises questions. Therefore, it urges readers to come up with their own conclusions on Yummy. In addition, Debuke uses variegated shades of black, to convey the mood. For instance, Yummy is eerily covered in black during the rival gang shooting, but when he walks toward Shavon and sees what he has done, his face is lit up and appears to be just an innocent young boy afraid. Debuke also often darkly shades around character’s eyes, when a character is frustrated.

    The plot and font are the weaknesses of this graphic novel. From the prologue, it states that there were certain amounts of fictionalization. Generally graphic novels aren’t required to be totally factual, but the case is different with this novel. This graphic novel is already based on real life events. Therefore, if the prologue stated which events were exaggerated or even fabricated to fill in the gaps of the plot, it would definitely help readers more precisely understand the novel. The font in dialogues are also a problem because it capitalizes every letter. Despite having befit speech bubbles and fabulous artwork, over capitalization may obscure the tone and mood. For example, when Yummy secretly calls his grandmother and says, “I’M SCARED GRANNY” it may seem like he is shouting or angry.

    This graphic novel would appeal to people who appreciate stories that require them to think about tough real-life questions and to eventually reach their own conclusions. There is some violence in this book, so it is not suitable for young readers.

    A crucial aspect of literature, is that it gives inspiration to people for multiple generations. In other words, it is not a piece of work momentarily starring from popularity. In most times, it consists historical context and background. Hence, I consider this graphic novel a piece of literature.

  5. Profile photo of Heelan JeongHeelan Jeong

    Yummy Book Review

    Referring back to the September 1994, a little boy’s face made the cover of the TIME Magazine. “So Young To Kill So Young To Die.” This was what it was written below the boy’s face. The graphic novel Yummy, by writer Gregory Neil and the artist Randy Duburke, is based on true story of this an eleven-year old young boy named Robert “Yummy” Sandifer. The life of Yummy in this novel begins with Yummy, joining the street gang called the Black Disciples. To prove himself to his gang members, he decides to shoot one of his so-called rivals. However, he accidently shoots his old friend, a 14-year old young girl. With an instant fear, he runs away from the scene. From that day on, the public began to report him as a “Little Killer” and the policemen begin to seek him. At this point, the problem was that an eleven-year old kid could not be sent to jail; furthermore, after committing the murder, Yummy literally gets deserted without therapy or direction from anyone. Ultimately, he tragically ends his life at the age of 11. This story makes the readers to think who are the true victims of our society, and whom we should be resentful towards to.

    The story is viewed in a perspective of another neighboring boy around Yummy’s age; thus, the narrator well interprets the feelings that Yummy might have been feeling and it also defends Yummy from being the condemnable “Little Killer”. The choice of the narrator kindles sympathy of the readers. When the narrator recounts about Yummy he says, “I know he had a teddy bear ‘cause I seen him carry it around sometimes.” Then he throws the question, “How could a kid so sweet be so nasty too?” By employing this narration, the theme of tolerance and understanding shines. Also, the question the narrator throws puts fire on our hearts and makes this tragedy more heart breaking.

    This graphic novel has black and white illustrations. One unique fact about the illustration is that the shadows are often drawn on people’s faces and the backgrounds. This feature makes the story more dramatically gloomy as if it mourns this tragic incident. The frequent use of shadows also displays the facial expressions more vividly. The story denounces the tragic consequence of our neglected neighbors and friends; hence, the black shades on the settings represent the isolated, dark side of our society. The narrations were clearly visible as it were introduced in a rectangular box and normally located on one side of the frame. Despite the fact that the use of shadows had built the mood more dramatically, the overuse of black colored shades made it slightly uncomfortable to read because it was hard to distinguish who is who in the story.

    This book is worth reading for teenagers and above. It makes us to confront the unveiled truth of our society and speculate on who are the true victims in this world. Although the events in the story happened more than 20 years ago, the themes and the merit of the story should be recognizable. Yet, audiences below 12 are not suitable to read this novel because it contains violent scenes, and the tragic death of a similar aged boy is inappropriate to be recognized for children.

    Is this graphic novel considered literature? Literature has to be written works, with artistic value. Also, literature must be an analysis of experience. This novel has both artistic and written elements. It has illustrations, and the story is told through the fictional narrator, in written dialogues. The author vividly implies his experience, thoughts and feelings of knowing Yummy when Yummy’s story first broke into the narration.

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