Monday, May 16, 2011
Start Date: 12 May 2011
End Date: 12 May 2011
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 7th 2007
Summary (from Goodreads):
This moving, charming graphic novel about a dog and a robot shows us in poignant detail how powerful and fragile relationships are. After a Labor Day jaunt to the beach leaves the robot rusted, immobilized in the sand, the dog must return alone to the life they shared. But the memory of their friendship lingers, and as the seasons pass, the dog tries to fill the emotional void left by the loss of his closest friend, making and losing a series of friends, from a melting snowman to epicurean anteaters. But for the robot, lying rusting on the beach, the only relief from loneliness is in dreams.
This short and sweet graphic novel will touch anyone's heart. I picked it randomly off a shelf at my school library, not expecting much, and ended up spending the rest of my lunch period reading it. I finished it as the bell rang, and checked it out, telling myself that I needed to reread it when I got home and eventually review it here.
This is the kind of book I would love to write. Actually, if I wrote something this good, I'd consider my life complete. Very well done, Sara Varon. The simplicity of the drawings and the story combined with the emotional complexity and the universal truth woven masterfully creates a story anyone and everyone can connect to. Also, the ability to create such a clear and moving story without any words is a huge achievement.
The reader's heart will inevitably go out to both characters as the story progresses. This book does not take long to read, but you will want to pick it up again and again. Highly recommended.