I'm going to revisit this sometime when I can properly dwell in it, because had I read it in a different mood I think it might have really gripped me. Moved me. Been an emotional experience. As things stand now, I read it during a busy week with a busy, unfocused mind, and the best I can do is appreciate it. You'll rarely hear me say this about a book, but I think this one was actually too gray and understated for my place and moment. It's a book about grief, and it will speak to those who are ready to deeply feel what it is to be in an emotional funk.
I love this book because it is not to long and not to short.
An excellent graphic novella for school-age children about the inarticulate feelings of loss, this book is deeply felt and expertly weaved. This is not a book meant to inspire or turn loss into a positive experience; rather, it works to articulate the personal confusion and ache of the loss of a parent when experienced very young. An excellent read, and for an adult, a very quick one.
The drawings are also excellent.
This is a quirky book, but it is one that will definitely find readers from a range of ages -- about 4th grade and up through adult. The challenges to reading it are that it deals with a tough topic – the loss of a parent – and has some Canadian words that might be unfamiliar to U.S. readers (i.e., tuque). However, the book is quietly beautiful and merited the awards it received. (Winner of Governor General’s Literary Award – presented by Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General of Canada to honor the best Canadian literature – in both children’s literature, text and children’s literature, illustration categories.
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