Spiral-Bound: Top Secret Summer by Aaron Renier
I received a preview copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
With an ensemble cast straight from a box of Animal Crackers, this is a delightful tale of ambition, morality, and self-discovery drawn in a decidedly beautiful fashion reminiscent of Richard Scary and Lewis Trondheim, yet utterly unique. Renier’s fully-realized and compellingly adventurous narrative is at once both achingly naive and profoundly worldly. A remarkable debut, this tightly crafted novella is the real deal, and will charm your socks off.
For a start I’d like to mention that the publisher did not provide me with the full book, I received about a half of it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t mentioned in the description on Netgalley since I tend to avoid partial reads. You can’t really get a full image from simply glancing at it. But, on the other hand, I wasn’t really much into the story anyway. It only just started to be interesting when the sample ended and I was left hanging. Continue reading “Kids and monsters”