|Chloe's indignation blazes off the page.|
Adrian Simcox is a beautiful book in every way - the language, the message, and, of course, the illustrations. Illustrator Corinna Luyken, of The Book of Mistakes, uses an autumnal palette of golds, oranges, and ochres and purples for Adrian and a darker purple and black palette for Chloe, the narrator who insists on complete and utter honesty. Of course she learns that kindness is sometimes more important than the literal truth.
Adrian lives with his grandfather, who I'm convinced is Marty, the protagonist of Mop Top by Don Freeman. That hair!