Synopses & Reviews
Every day, soldiers leave their families to protect others. We love them. We miss them when theyre gone. And we want them all to come home. They are our heroes.
"As joyful reunions between soldiers and loved ones unfold around him on the tarmac, a blond-haired boy in a red T-shirt and camo shorts wonders where his soldier could be. Then, finally, it happens: 'Mom!' Ruth's beautifully observed, nearly wordless picture book combines journalistic immediacy with the intensely dramatic framings of a graphic novel, reflecting Ruth's background in the medium (including the 2013 comic The Lost Boy). Working in tones of sunlight and khaki, Ruth moves his protagonist in and out of the foreground, almost as if he's asking readers to scout for him in the same way that he is looking for his mother. 'Sheesh!' the boy thinks, as he passes lovers locked in a kiss a moment of levity amid his increasing anxiety. Ruth brings his story to a close at the perfect emotional moment: the boy leaps into the arms of his kneeling mother, and they hug each other tightly, their eyes closed as they savor every second. A stirring tribute to the resilience of both soldiers and those they must leave at home. Ages 4 7. Agent: Allen Spiegel, Allen Spiegel Fine Arts." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for Coming Home:
"Respectful and as handsome as it is useful, this book has a place in most collections." - School Library Journal
"This affecting picture book is simplicity itself . . . Its simple message lends itself to multiple applications and audiences, extending its potential impact beyond more focused selections." - Booklist
"A stirring tribute to the resilience of both soldiers and those they must leave at home." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
About the Author
Greg Ruth is the illustrator of many graphic novels and books for children, including A Pirates Guide to First Grade and A Pirates Guide to Recess by James Preller, and is also the author/illustrator of The Lost Boy, a New York Times bestseller. He lives Ashfield, Massachusetts, with his family. You can visit him online at gregthings.com.