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by Charlotte Moundlic
Candlewick, 2011
Review by Christian Perring on Nov 8th 2011

The Scar

 

This short picture book is about a young boy whose mother has died.  Now he lives in his house with his father, and his mother's mother comes to visit them for a few days.  They are all sad, and the boy feels like he has to look after the adults.  He doesn't like seeing his father cry.  He is also angry; when his father tells him that "she's gone forever" he yells back "Well, good riddance."  Eventually, though, he settles down.  This is a moving story with wonderful illustrations by Olier Talec, using bright red as the main color.  It shows how powerful grief is, and how strangely we can react to it.  Although it's about a boy, it probably applies just as much to adults.

 

© 2011 Christian Perring        

 

Christian Perring, Professor of Philosophy, Dowling College, New York