Source: From Netgalley and Eerdman's Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.
The Call of the Swamp by Davide Cali
Publisher: Eerdman's Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 25, 2017
A sweetly offbeat adoption story
Boris is a normal kid: he goes to school and rides his bike and climbs trees, just like all the other children. It doesn't matter that he has scales and gills, or that his parents found him in a swamp when he was just a baby. But one day Boris catches the scent of his old home, and suddenly he's not quite sure where he belongs. He journeys to the swamp, filled with questions, and eventually discovers the only answer he needs.
From the creators of The Queen of the Frogs comes an enchanting, nuanced story about adoption and family.
This book was a strange one and I like strange books for all ages! I have read The Queen of the Frogs by Cali and really enjoyed it. I love the style of the illustrations - they are sketchy and muted and different from a lot of children's books - but in a good way.
The Call of the Swamp is another gorgeous book - the images are very detailed and have realistic bits and playful bits too. The book is about a kid named Boris learning where he belongs ad what it means to belong. It is a very heartfelt story with questions and some answers, but there are a lot of things to think about while reading this one.
I think that this is geared for an older audience in the children's book realm and I think parents will enjoy this one as well. I appreciated the artistic style and the story was charming and thought-provoking.