Friday, December 31, 2010

Hello, Again by Max Estes

Fans of Craig Thompson will enjoy this short book by Max Estes. Willy lives with guilt: he blames himself for his fathers' affair with the babysitter and is having his own dalliance with his best friend's fiancee. Along comes a ghost from the past, who packs his own punch - he's the guy in the boat that disappeared when Willy and his friends set him off to sea as part of a childhood prank. When the man pops out of a hole in the ground to say hello Max is forced to deal with what happened during his youth. Este's drawings are simple yet convey plenty of emotion. A quick sweet read about letting go and forgiving yourself.