Xueqi Chai Chai itibaren Neni, Nijerya
A sad, shivery, emotional novel about freedom and captivity, mother-son bonds, finding a reason to live, and learning what is real and what is fake ("TV"). Jack's narrative is matter-of-fact, honest, and literal; I like the added realism that we never learn his mom's name or their captor's name. For me, the book is even more potent because my own son is almost 5 years old, and we spend a lot of time with him.
I loved this book. The illustrations were wonderful. I need to learn more about illustrations, so that I can sound smarter when I talk about them. The illustrations felt a little like the Illustrations in Me...Jane. Ink and watercolor. I guess I like ink and watercolor.