I'm back in DC, recreating the entry I wrote then lost on Sunday in Seattle.
Ah well, I knew I was pushing it with the The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish. I had hoped the repetition and suspense might grab. I know what you're saying about the creepiness of McKean's drawings, although I think the startling differentness of them can engage an older child.
Your mentioning good old Odd and the Frost Giants made me realize that Odd and Wolves in the Walls have the same infrastructure. Lucy in Wolves (or Odd in Frost Giants) is faced with family (gods) who have been summarily evicted from their homes by malevolent stronger beings. The family (gods) dither, while Lucy (Odd), the youngest of the group, summons common sense and courage to regain the territory.
|original cover: 1902|
It was a time for family and friends to share memories, of course. But there's something so satisfying about sharing words written more than a century ago that have been savored by generations of two families. Gifts given to children that go with them through life.