by Hope Larson
This small book (more mass market paperback size than trade paperback, only very thin compared to that fat airplane or beach reading fare) contains a charming story. With green and black ink on white pages Hailey’s childhood summers playing outdoors unfolds.
Sometimes using panels, sometimes with one image filing the page, sometimes sketching breaking into rough sketches, Larson takes us back through memory to childhood. The story isn’t cloying or too cute. Instead, it’s earnest and playful and invites readers to consider the comforts of storytelling.
Salamander seems best kind of imaginary childhood friend — one you can find your way to revisit. Recommended.