Published: 2011 by Candlewick
Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:
I loved what I noticed first about this book – the book is illustrated in various shades of one color: red.
From the first line to the last, this book is full of emotion.
It’s a book that deals with death. The book deals with it in a mature, yet is still child friendly.
I love how this book stresses all the emotions children have when something traumatic happens. It also shows how children react to such situations.
Some of the emotions are: anger, sadness, confusion, denial, and even understanding.
The main character is nameless. I think this makes the book more relatable to the readers.
This book shows the importance of family. I think that’s a really important notion to instill in younger kids.
The main character, the little boy, is sensitive. And really shows that kids no matter how big or small, always want to help in times of need. I think older readers will learn not to stop kids from helping.
I love the fact that this book could be for any age. Death is something the young and old don’t always understand, this book helps in the understanding department.
Even though, both the writing and the illustrations, are subtle, they pack a punch.
I feel like this book can stand on it’s own. The writing and illustrations work together to make a solid story.
Even though this may be thought of a sad story, it has some really positive and uplifting points. The main characters quick wit is charming, as is his innocence.
I think it shows the importance of keeping a loved one who has passed away alive in one’s mind, but more importantly in one’s heart.