With sensitivity and tenderness, Starkie Mak has captured a tale of the immigrant experience, from the eyes of a child. Masterfully rendered with careful homage paid to the children’s books that have touched the hearts of so many, Mak’s brush strokes and calligraphy evoke the turbulent emotions and difficulties a child must surely experience when having their little world upended, only to have a much larger and foreign world unfold before them.
In a heartbreaking parting, a child says goodbye to her family and is left with her imagination as guide. In search of a new life in a new land, a child retreats into the realm of fantasy. Through the devastating pain of childhood loss emerges the joy of a child’s triumph.
Selected by CBC books as one of the 21 Graphic Novels to read in 2021.– CBC Books
A tale as heartbreaking and hopeful as childhood itself.– Shirley Camia, award winning author of ‘Children Shouldn’t Use Knives’
A beautiful and poignant graphic novel. Mak’s ink and brush flows effortlessly from each page, capturing hopefulness and bravery that’s sure to inspire readers.– Lisa Mendis, creator of ‘Curb Angels’
Mak’s true superpower is how much emotion she pulls from every page using the sparest of line-work.– Michael Joyal, artist of ‘Stars’