From the incomparable Russell Hoban comes a moving, unflinching tale of a boy who finds bravery during illness, beautifully re-imagined as a graphic-novel by award-winning illustrator Alexis Deacon. Asleep in his hospital bed, Jim dreams of a great lion with white teeth and amber eyes. This lion is Jim's finder. According to Nurse Bami, everyone ...
From the incomparable Russell Hoban comes a moving, unflinching tale of a boy who finds bravery during illness, beautifully re-imagined as a graphic-novel by award-winning illustrator Alexis Deacon. Asleep in his hospital bed, Jim dreams of a great lion with white teeth and amber eyes. This lion is Jim's finder. According to Nurse Bami, everyone has a finder, a creature who comes looking for us when we are lost. But when the time comes for Jim's operation, will his lion be able to find him and bring him safely home? With the inclusion of powerful dream sequences, and a triumphant message of facing one's fears, Russell Hoban's tale of a boy's search for strength and courage will resonate with any child dealing with adversity or sickness.
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Publishers Weekly, 2014-10-06 The late Hoban's story about a boy battling a mortal illness was first published in 2001. Turning it into a graphic novel is a tricky prospect, but Deacon (who illustrated Hoban's Soonchild) is fully up to the task. Jim lies in a hospital bed, gravely ill. He knows he may die. The ward nurse, Nurse Bami, an African woman "with tribal scars on her cheeks," tells Jim that he must search for his finder, the animal in his head "who can bring you back from wherever the doctors send you." Jim's finder, it emerges, is a lion, and, in watercolors simultaneously delicate and taut with emotion, Deacon imagines Jim and his lion fighting his sickness. Small panels capture with marvelous powers of invention the hallucinatory nature of sickness. Dreamlike worlds of death threaten to engulf Jim, are beaten back, then gather strength and attack again. Deacon's images enhance but do not overwhelm Hoban's story, which holds its own potent magic. Nurse Bami tells Jim how he'll know he's found his finder: "The real thing is always more than you're ready for," she says. This is the real thing. Ages 6-9. (Nov.) ? Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-11-12 This mysterious story by veteran Hoban (The Mouse and His Child) may be more likely to frighten children confronting a hospital stay than to allay their fears. Young Jim is afraid that when the doctors put him to sleep, they might send him "somewhere that [he] can't get back from." Nurse Bami, originally from Africa, suggests that he has an animal "finder," and that she would "have been dead three or four times already" if not for her own "finder." Through a series of dreams and with the help of Bami's "don't-run stone," he discovers his finder; on the day of his surgery Jim bravely follows it a steady, amber-eyed lion into the "dark." While Hoban (The Mouse and His Child) sensitively develops the relationship between Jim and Bami, the book's discussions about illness may lead children to worries they might not otherwise have considered (e.g., when Jim's parents ask whether he will get better, the doctor answers ominously, "It depends... on what Jim has going for him"). Andrew's (The Midnight Man) luminous, soft pencil and pastel illustrations accentuate the warmth between Jim and Bami, and create intriguing dream sequences of scumbled images and pale stars. But with its complicated plot and its convoluted theme, this tale may perplex rather than soothe its intended audience. Ages 6-10. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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