The American Dream? a Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Man, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito by Shing Yin Khor

The American Dream? a Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Man, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito

As a child growing up in Malaysia, Shing Yin Khor had two very different ideas of what “America” meant. The first looked a lot like Hollywood, full of beautiful people and sunlight and freeways. The second looked more like The Grapes of Wrath - a nightmare landscape filled with impoverished people, broken-down cars, barren landscapes, and broken dreams. Those contrasting ideas have stuck with Shing ever since, even now that she lives and work...

Details The American Dream? a Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Man, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito

TitleThe American Dream? a Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Man, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito
Release DateAug 6th, 2019
PublisherZest Books
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Travel, Comics

Reviews The American Dream? a Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Man, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito

  • Chad
    A graphic memoir of a trip along the iconic Route 66 through the eyes of an immigrant and her dog. Shing is an artist obsessed with Americana, travelling the byways of a more innocent time in America before the Interstates pushed through our country making the highways and the towns along them obsolete. I think my favorite moments were when she explored the many ghost towns and abandoned shops along the way. You can tell the long trip (especially...
  • Laura
    I love looking at new things, through eyes that are not mine, and what better way to look at American than through the eyes of someone who was not originally from America. Though the author has been living in Los Angeles for a number of years, she wants to see the real America, and so decides to take a trip on Route 66.Back before President Eisenhower created the interstate highway system, those roads that all start with Interstate and an even or...
  • Maia
    I have been a fan of Shing Yin Khor's art for years, and I was so excited when this book was announced! Along with their adorable rescue dog, Bug, Shing sets out to drive the complete historic Route 66 from Los Angeles to Chicago. Along the way they chat with rangers, bikers, tourists, and the shop and cafe owners that are keeping pieces of American history alive. Shing's voice is warm, personal, and curious. The pages are painted in gorgeous ful...
  • Steff Pasciuti
    I have to admit, I'm not really all that invested in Route 66 past its influence on the movie Cars, which I have loved since the first time I ever saw it. My interest in Shing Yin Khor's The American Dream? came more from the fact that it was a road trip story about a young immigrant truly interested in the history of the route. That, in and of itself, is kind of fascinating. And Khor didn't disappoint, both with the wonderfully eye-catching a...
  • Laura
    A fascinating exploration of and reflection on a pivotal piece of American history. I adore Shing's work, and this one shines. Emotional, funny, warm. Great art, love the colors. Bug arguably the best part.
  • Jill Kenna
    This was a fantastic book about a woman and her dog traveling on Route 66. I absolutely adored the artwork. It was a gorgeous water color style that really helped capture the feeling of traveling alone and kind of melancholy that can creep in sometimes. I also really loved all the weird and interesting landmarks that she stopped at and all of her friends that made appearances in the book. I really couldn't find anything that I didn't like about t...
  • Holly
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced look at this incredible book! I'm a long time fan of Shing Yin Khor's work, and I was so excited to see The American Dream? available on NetGalley! The book is absolutely beautiful, and very thoughtful. I maintain that a Bug Adventures book would be incredible as well. Highly recommend!
  • Alanna Medina
    I received this book on Netgalley. All opinions are my own. I enjoyed reading this graphic novel. I love anything involving road trips but this one wasn't anything extraordinary. I definitely laughed at some of the scenes with the dog. The art was okay and the trip itself was kind of boring. I feel like this trip definitely meant more to the author and you could see that through the story but as an outside reader, it was missing something that co...
  • Jaclyn Hillis
    I loved this! It is also a dream of mine to drive Route 66 and camp! Her art was beautiful and I think she really encompassed the main attractions of Route 66, and it makes me even more excited to make the same drive one day.Thank you NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  • Elia
    A very sweet and adorably illustrated journey across half the country. Just a girl, her dog and her dream of historic route 66. It even has an illustration of one of the statues at my University! YAY! Of course, there are observations here that could only be made by someone experience quintessential "Americana" through the eyes of an immigrant, and the epilogue is actually kind of heartbreaking. A unique look at a slice of life not may will exper...
  • Sam Rosen
    In Shing Yin Khor's graphic novel, she draws and writes about her personal experience of finding if the American Dream still exists by traveling from LA to Chicago by Route 66. Along the way, the main character details the spots she visits, the people she meets, and her thoughts about being an immigrant traveling Route 66. This novel is a quick read and very enjoyable! The book has a mixture of great narrative, deep thought, and colorful illustra...
  • San
    I was intrigued when I saw Shing Yin Khor’s book about the “American Dream” and, although it was her interpretation of her American Dream, I was absorbed by the illustrations and the promising content.I want to start with the illustrations. I am also an illustrator and an artist myself (although, not very good) so I do appreciate looking at the nicely done watercolor illustrations and visual contents. I especially love the two-page spreads ...
  • Brooke Lorren
    The American Dream? is a graphic novel that takes readers on a journey through the cities along the historic Route 66, from Los Angeles to Chicago. It's a quick read and there's a lot to like about it.1) The author gives us a look at the different sites that we'd see along the way if we made the journey ourselves. I've driven along the interstate in several of these places, although I've only driven snippets of Route 66 itself. It's interesting t...
  • Bookviper
    First off- The illustrations were fantastic. I loved the format of having illustrations and bits of commentary along the journey. The book started off really well; explaining the author's curiosity about a part of Americana that they'd heard of growing up abroad, giving a little history of Route 66, and bits about camping and meeting interesting people along the way. Unfortunately it quickly devolved into canned racism against white Americans. Th...
  • Michelle Kidwell
    The American Dream?A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burritoby Shing Yin KhorLerner Publishing GroupZest Books ™Comics & Graphic Novels , Teens & YAPub Date 06 Aug 2019I am reviewing a copy of The American Dream through Lerner Publishing Group and Netgalley:In this unique book Shing Yin Khor chronicles her solo journey along the iconic Route 66 written and illustrated in a fun easy to rea...
  • Emily (Obsessed Reader)
    ”My heart has always existed in pieces, between continents and countries and states and borders, and trails I’ve walked and roads I’ve driven. Perhaps that is perfectly acceptable.”I loved going along on the journey across Route 66 and seeing all the fun places the author discovered. I also enjoyed her sharing the people she met and the things she learned. I made notes for a future roadtrip I’d like to take someday. The artwork was real...
  • Michelle
    A fun and thoughtful travel memoir that follows the author, an immigrant and expat, on a road trip across the historic Rt. 66. With her faithful traveling canine companion Bug, the two share their thoughts on the highway's notable landmarks and the people they encounter. "The American Dream?" is a thoughtful look at how the United States was a safer and more welcoming place to travel before the 2016 election. Beautifully drawn and written, The Am...
  • Veronica
    ARC via Netgalley. A thoughtful road trip memoir reflecting on America through the lens of Route 66. The art is simple but colorful and appealing. The author discusses their experiences as an Asian American in passing throughout the narrative but not their nonbinary identity -- not sure if anyone else picked this up expecting a memoir more overtly about being nonbinary but if so, I would recommend Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe instead. That said, T...
  • Missie
    Thank you for the opportunity to read this book for a fair review. First of all this is a beautiful graphic novel, I thoroughly enjoyed her insight on America and her little fur baby Bug.’s adventures along the way. I have traveled much of Route 66 and the landmarks are so iconic, it is refreshing to see them again through her perspective. I loved this graphic novel! I am going to purchase a hard copy for my library at home. Five full stars!
  • Pam
    I received an electronic ARC from Lerner Publishing Group through NetGalley.Khor shares her experiences as she travels Route 66 from California to Illinois. Her choice to write a graphic style memoir will pull in teen readers. She bring readers along on the journey and shares snippets of towns and sites she sees. The larger question of finding roots and figuring out where she belongs comes through and is addressed near the end of the book.Humor c...
  • Sharon
    I love comic books, memoirs, and immigrant narratives, so of course I loved this Malaysian American artist's story of their road trip along Route 66. Shing renders touristy Americana in joyful watercolor, creating something of an actual narrative from a hodgepodge of events, and makes it look easy (it's definitely not). It's especially heartwarming to see all of the love in their life, from the friends and family who help out along the way during...
  • Tracey
    adult/teen graphic memoir (travelogue, author is incidentally a Malaysian-American immigrant and queer)glimpses of historic route 66 portrayed in watercolor and pencil/ink. Not that revealing (of either the author or the country) but it is an enjoyable little roadtrip journal with some interactions with local folk and some reflections on friends/what home means.
  • Terra
    This was a super cute, quick read following the author's journey along historic Route 66. It was told via illustrations so you can easily read it in one sitting. I do wish it were a bit longer or included more of the writers thoughts/observations of their journey. I am a huge fan of travel writing so this book was definitely something I would pick up in a bookstore.
  • Robyn
    I loved this non-fiction look at the historical Route 66, and Shing's quest to discover what it truly means to live the "American Dream". Shing's writing is perfect for this type of non-fiction graphic novel, and their take on America is refreshing and honest. I can't wait to bring this book into my classroom library, and use it in my Young Adult Literature class!
  • Emmah
    2.5 starsHonestly, this book felt so sterile-y written. I was SO bored. I thought I'd be more entertained by it.The one good thing... The landscape illustrations.
  • Michelle
    Liked this a lot!
  • Angie Moore
    I requested this book because it was a graphic novel, by a BIOC, not knowing much more about the book. I was so surprised to find out that it was not only a Memoir about the author’s journey to discover a sense of self, but that the journey was along the original Route 66! (My family is in the planning stages of a trip next summer!!) Khor tells their story of being an immigrant, a new American citizen, and their personal struggles in a lighthea...