Snug Harbor Stories: A Wallace the Brave Collection by Will Henry. Andrews McMeel, 2019. 9781524851774
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Realistic fiction
What did you like about the book? Set in a New England-y seaside town, these warm funny comic stories feature Wallace and his friends Spud and Amelia. The stories invoke the joys of the outdoors and universal childhood experiences with gentle humor and just a hint of psychopath. Video gaming, Sasquatch, battles with nature, and a legendary prehistoric snapping turtle are welcome subjects for a kid looking for a laugh after a long day at school. Henry really gets what it’s like to be a kid, and I get the feeling that Wallace’s dad may have a little bit of the author in him, living with “his wife, his cat, and his mistress, the sea.” The art, which looks to be hand inked and colored, reminds me of Calvin and Hobbes. It depicts the kids as ultra short, with funny details, such as Wallace’s little brother’s uni-brow and Spud’s square head.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For fans of funny slice-of-life humor, such as Big Nate and Calvin and Hobbes.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Comics collections
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: November 22, 2019