Tackling death head on, in perhaps a ‘matter of fact’ way, but with great sensitivity and a strong emotional element, this book deserves high acclaim for handling the subject matter so openly and without the rose-coloured spectacles that often accompany a subject of this intense nature.
Supported by Janice Nadeau‘s eerie yet powerful imagery, this story is played out through the eyes of young Harvey and the way in which he deals with the abrupt death of his Father.
Aimed at an older reader, (we would suggest 11+) Hervé Bouchard has pitched this perfectly and it will undoubtedly be the cause of much discussion regarding such a highly sensitive issue.
We particularly loved the composition of this book, with it’s uneven measures of text and illustration.
This is a clever, well thought out story, which will move even the hardest of readers and provide a very real commentary for the younger reader who may have had to deal with such tragic loss.
This is a seemingly raw and emotional look at death through the eyes of a young boy and one that doesn’t try to hide or gloss over the harshness of emotional trauma.