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The Kampung Boy (Malay: Budak Kampung) is a critically acclaimed autobiographic graphic novel by Malaysian cartoonist Mohammad Nor Khalid, known also as Lat. The book, and its sequel, Town Boy, has been reprinted numerous times in Malaysia and abroad, and an animated series based partially on Kampung Boy was created during the late 1990s.
The Kampung Boy and Town Boy are two of Lat's earliest works detailing his life story. Lat's autobiographical strips subsequently became a common product of Lat's career as a cartoonist, continuing to retell portions of his life, past and present, in both the New Straits Times (which he works for) and compilation books.
The Kampung Boy is an autobiography of Lat centering on his childhood in a Kinta Valley kampung (village) in Malaya (present day Peninsular Malaysia) during the 1950s and early 1960s, including accounts of rural and family life, traditional family functions, Lat's early education and outdoor activities with the "Meor brothers", whom Lat befriends at a religious school. The book concludes with Lat's eventual departure from his village for a boarding school in Ipoh.
First published in Malaysia in 1979, the book has been reprinted 14 times as of 2008, with an American edition released by First Second Books in 2007, and also reprinted in Japanese. Interestingly, the American edition differs slightly from the original: a critical moment in the latter occurs when the protagonist is struck by his father in a moment of anger, the sequence is redrawn and toned down in the American version with the violence implied rather than shown.