What a sweet graphic novel. While browsing at the library, I saw this cover and I had to pick it up. It had a bold nostalgic look about it and now it looks like I will be reading the next book in this series. All the illustrations are done is black and white but that is all you really need as the illustrations were fantastic. Illustrating an area, a mood, or a flashback, the illustrator darkens or lightens the area to achieve the perfect affect. The words, though few, were direct and purposeful. Lester was just trying to fit in.
Lester’s never knew his father and with his mother just recently deceased, Lester was now living with his Uncle Kenny on the farm. His uncle had never had kids so having 10-year old Lester around was something new and he wasn’t quite how to handle it. Lester is into comic books and he likes to pretend he is a superhero fighting aliens. His uncle gives him chores but Lester likes to play out by the Creek, only after his chores are done (per his uncle).
Lester is not fitting in his new environment and it is only down by the Creek that you can see Lester enjoying himself. He comes upon Jimmy down by the Creek and I was hesitate as I wondered what would occur next. Jimmy is the local gas station owner that he has talked to a few times but doesn’t really know that well. It was Jimmy that Lester needed in his life. Jimmy and Lester talked and then they shared of themselves. They had great times together down by the Creek and I felt for Uncle Kenny as he was missing out on knowing Lester. Uncle Kenny just didn’t know how to unwind, how to relax and take a few minutes to enjoy life. As Uncle Kenny’s strong attitude comes pouring out again at Lester, Lester takes a stand. The novel ended not like I wanted it to. I have no idea where the next book in this series will take me.
I am using this novel for my Halloween Bingo, the Magical Realism square. There were instances where Lester was fighting aliens while he was a superhero. I am using this novel with another novel as I thought the magical realism was not central in either novel but it existed.