by Alberto Varanda
3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads
This collection of comics doesn’t have a continuous storyline, but little snippets of a boy and his friend the Snail, who dream of going to the moon. They watch the stars together, read books, dress up in costumes, and avoid schoolwork.
Most of the individual comics don’t actually have a funny punchline. It’s just sort of whimsical and random with no real point. It reminds me a little of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “The Little Prince” with the moon and stars and a dreamy child drifting along through an aimless plot.
The artwork is lovely with soft sepia tones and delightful details in clothing and facial expressions. There are books littered throughout the illustrations, sometimes being read, or in stacks on the floor, scattered across the grass, flying around in the air, and sometimes just sitting demurely on a shelf.
I really love the fanciful artwork, but the dialogue just doesn’t hold up the non-existent story. I doubt this would capture a child’s attention, although it might fuel the imagination of dreamy adults.
Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.