Comics & Graphic Novel, Drama

The Adoption by Zidrou, Arno Monin


This is a one part, translated graphic novel. It is mostly based in France and part of it in Peru. The heartfelt illustrations convey more than the sparse words in the panels convey. Some of them had no words but still had a punch to them!

The story is of a man who, post retirement, is suddenly a grandparent to a girl who does not speak the language and has lived through a natural calamity. There is something lingering in the background about some missing information but it all comes to light soon enough. People’s relationships are tested and shown in all their colours, good, bad and petty. Overall, I felt like it was a delightful little book that I liked despite the not-so-happily-ever-after ending. I do not always find it easy to move on from a book that doesn’t necessarily end at a specific point but I liked this one just fine and even shed a tear or two.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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