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Raina Telgemeier is a beloved author for children, known for her graphic novels about her preteen years and the fear of feeling different while growing up. Many children develop an intense love for her books and read them repeatedly, finding comfort in the familiarity of the story and characters.
Telgemeier is beloved for the way she captures an essential part of growing up: the fear that you and you alone are strange.
Children find comfort in rereading books, especially when they can identify with the main character and already know the ending. Raina Telgemeier's graphic novel Smile is a perfect example, as children return to its familiar and relatable story to feel a sense of relief.
They clutched them like comfort objects. They didn't so much read Smile as return to its bubbly lines and difficult emotions to feel a sense of relief in a story they already knew.