French Milk

Through delightful drawings, photographs and musings, twenty-three-year-old Lucy Knisley documents a six-week trip she and her mother took to Paris when each was facing a milestone birthday. With a quirky flat in the fifth arrondissement as their home base, they set out to explore all the city has to offer, watching fireworks over the Eiffel Tower on New Year's Eve, visiting Oscar Wilde's grave, loafing at cafes, and, of course, drinking delicious French milk. What results is not only a sweet and savory journey through the City of Light, but a moving, personal look at a mother-daughter relationship. (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 2008) 


Charmant." -People Magazine

"A keenly observed letter back home... the pleasure Knisley takes in food and company is infectious." -Salon

"Whimsical... Knisley takes us on an illustrated adventure set in Paris that had us craving cafe au lait and smoldering Frenchmen." -Glamour Magazine




Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe—many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy's original inventions.

A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a graphic novel for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product. (First Second Books, 2013)


New York Times bestseller

Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013

An NPR Best Book of 2013

American Library Association Alex Award winner, 2013


An Age of License

Acclaimed cartoonist Lucy Knisley (French MilkRelish) got an opportunity that most only dream of: a travel-expenses-paid trip to Europe/Scandinavia, thanks to a book tour. An Age of License is Knisley’s comics travel memoir recounting her charming (and romantic!) adventures. It’s punctuated by whimsical visual devices (such as a “new experiences” funnel); peppered with the cute cats she meets along the way; and, of course, features her hallmark—drawings and descriptions of food that will make your mouth water. But it’s not all kittens and raclette crepes: Knisley’s experiences are colored by anxieties, introspective self-inquiries, and quotidian revelations—about traveling alone in unfamiliar countries, and about her life and career—that many young adults will relate to. An Age of License—which takes its name from a French saying—is an Eat, Pray, Love for the alternative comics fan. (Fantagraphics Books, 2014)


 "Knisley continues to own the travelogue/graphic novel genre by bringing her characteristic humor and heart to this memoir...Belying her relatively simple but charming cartooning style, Knisley's pages are a cornucopia of information and detail...Her observations are frequently laugh-out-loud funny..."  -Publisher's Weekly


The companion book to An Age of License, Displacement follows Lucy along on an elderly tour aboard a cruise ship with her grandparents. A story about family, responsibility and bad buffet food, lovingly watercolored for your reading pleasure. (Fantagraphics Books, 2015)

"The quality that’s made Knisley a great storyteller — her ability to recall nuanced encounters with a blend of wit and compassion — allows her to craft a compelling and complicated account of this time spent with her grandparents." -Comic Book Recourses

"Her unhurried lines and gentle watercolors create a show-don’t-tell buffet of melancholy." -Vulture

Something New

Lucy was another single girl in New York City, traversing the dating world and her own heartbreak, when her ex-boyrfriend John swings into town for a visit, with a special box hidden in his toiletry kit. This is a story about suddenly finding yourself completely ecstatic while also being completely at sea. Traversing the foreign world of wedding planning, Lucy and John will face family drama, gender stereotypes, and giant fluffy dresses on the way down the aisle. (First Second Books, 2016)



"Something New is a great gift idea for people getting ready to tie the knot." -The AV Club

"Something New offers something new to graphic novel lovers of all cast and form. It’s witty, heart wrenching, full of surprises and keeps you hanging off the edge of your seat – all from a graphic novel about marriage. There is something for everyone is this well-crafted work of art." -Open Book Society

"...Funny and whip-smart." -Bustle


A New York Times Bestseller

“Knisley shines… with her didactic narrative voice and clever cartooning solutions being well suited to the material.” -Publisher’s Weekly

“The best way to describe Knisley’s work is human and gentle, both with the creator and the reader. The book is a reminder of how hard and rewarding it can be to grow a family, and feels like a call to action when it comes to obstetrics and gynecology’s slow erasure of parental health.”

-The AV Club

"Knisley is so obviously at the height of her powers as an artist and it’s a joy to experience that… Knisley is an essayist. Like Joan Didion and Roxane Gay, Knisley often works towards a thesis and richly illustrates it with examples from her own life.-The Comics Journal

If you work hard enough, if you want it enough, if you’re smart and talented and “good enough,” you can do anything.

Except get pregnant.

Her whole life, Lucy Knisley wanted to be a mother. But when it was finally the perfect time, conceiving turned out to be harder than anything she’d ever attempted. Fertility problems were followed by miscarriages, and her eventual successful pregnancy plagued by health issues, up to a dramatic, near-death experience during labor and delivery.

This moving, hilarious, and surprisingly informative memoir not only follows Lucy’s personal transition into motherhood but also illustrates the history and science of reproductive health from all angles, including curious facts and inspiring (and notorious) figures in medicine and midwifery. Whether you’ve got kids, want them, or want nothing to do with them, there’s something in this graphic memoir to open your mind and heart.

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“A bookish, warm welcome to a new baby, and more. A new-baby book that feels new.” -Kirkus Review

A Picture Book by NYT Bestselling author of RELISH, Lucy Knisley’s YOU ARE NEW is a humorous exploration of things babies can do or that can be done with them, speaking to the experiences of new moms as well as the experiences of young children looking back on their own beginnings.

Illustrated by Lucy


"A superb introduction to the life of one girl whose dreams were out-of-this-world."—Kirkus Reviews starred review

"As the contributions of women in STEM fields gain increased attention and appreciation, Robbins and Knisley deliver an inspiring tribute to a true innovator."—Publishers Weekly starred review







Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. She knew how many miles it was to the moon (and how many back). She loved studying algebra and geometry and calculus and using math to solve problems in the outside world.

Soon math led her to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on the moon! She handwrote code that would allow the spacecraft’s computer to solve any problems it might encounter. Apollo 8. Apollo 9.Apollo 10. Apollo 11. Without her code, none of those missions could have been completed.
Dean Robbins and Lucy Knisley deliver a lovely portrayal of a pioneer in her field who never stopped reaching for the stars.

AGES: 4-8 years

(Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017)


"Penny’s optimism and resolve is a joyous testament to our complicated world." -Booklist starred review

"Genuine and moving" -Publishers Weekly





Penny is excited to welcome her new sibling, so throughout her mom’s pregnancy she writes letters to it (not itYOU!). She introduces herself (Penelope, but she prefers “Penny”) and their moms (Sammy and Becky). She brags about their home city, Oakland, California (the weather, the Bay, and the Golden State Warriors) and shares the trials and tribulations of being a fifth-grader (which, luckily, YOU won’t have to worry about for a long time).

AGES: 8-12

(Amulet Books, 2018)

projects in progress

Go To Sleep/I Miss You

This collection of cartoons are taken from Lucy’s sketchbook. Chronicling the earliest days of parenthood, any mom or dad will recognize these sweet and sleep-deprived scribblings. (for release from First Second Books, 2020)


Stepping Stones

Jen and her mother have recently moved from the big city to a small farm in the country. If that isn’t enough to adjust to, Jen’s also got her mom’s new boyfriend and his two daughters to get used to!

A middle-grade graphic novel (for release from Random House, 2020)

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New Kid

One high school seems like more than enough, but Lucy lurches through her teen years from one to the next, clumsily finding her way through her new surroundings in four different schools in four years, all while trying to figure out how she fits in, who she really likes, and why it's so hard to find your place, when your place keeps changing. (First Second Books, 202?)