I picked this up at the same time as Tiny Fox and Great Boar without realising what either were about I was just drawn in by the wonderful art on the covers.
I also didn’t realise at the time that both were from Oni Press.
Reading a second book about family, loss, grief, and growth in as many days may have been a bit too much, but these were so well presented and thought out that it really wasn’t.
Missing You is about a young family who have lost their mother/wife and in the case of grandma, daughter.
As the young family are driving through a forest they come across an injured fawn which they take home and into their hearts to fill that gap.
Lion (the fawn) also grows and has their own thoughts and desires which don’t always mesh with those of the family and it is this tension which comes to a head that drives the conclusion of the story.
The art work throughout uses a soft, almost pastel palette for most of the book, except there are some dark and threatening passages that are enhanced by the appropriate palette.
Sweet, humorous, and supportive. Well written and drawn and suitable for a larger age range than to 8-12 suggested.
I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.