How do the illustrations in this book serve the story?
As in most books, the illustrations in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian give visual interpretations of people and events mentioned in the story. However, the images also serve a second purpose. This novel is presented as a diary, and the images purport to be drawn by Junior himself, as doodles in his own journal. On multiple occasions Junior expresses a personal attachment to the art of cartoons, and explicitly tells us that he feels he best expresses himself by drawing cartoons. In this way the doodles, perhaps as much as the words, allow us to better know the character of Junior Spirit.
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