This was a strange picture book. So strange that I had to read twice, to see how I felt about it. In the end though, I decided that I did like it. The words "whimsical" and maybe even, "Avante garde" could describe this book.
The story is about a boy, SkinnyKinnyCannyCou, who is separated from his beloved lovey, Mr.T-Rex, whom he sees as his best friend for 18 months. It's not made clear why the separation happens or why is it even 18 months? and the journey the friends take together when they reunite, is quite imaginative.
The language has an easy-to-read poetic flow and matches the dream-like, wierd tone of the story.
Now why did I say this book was "strange"? Well, we are used to seeing full colour illustrations in kids book. There aren't any coloured illustrations here. Instead, we have simple stick figures in black on a white background. So this design choice can appear to be strange in many a kid's eyes. However, I think the completely bare approach to the illustrations work in this whimsical, slightly absurd, story of loss- it leaves a void in you. Definitely this is a book that I will remember. I would also say that this is more of “kids book for adults” in the line of Go the F—- to Sleep.
Wonder is written by Micah Genest and is available on Amazon.