Today, my review comes via digital ARC through NetGalley and Oni Press, in exchange for my honest review. Missing You is a children’s book written by Phellip Willian and beautifully illustrated by Melissa Garabeli. This Brazilian graphic novel has been translated by Fabio Ramos and is published by Oni Press. Oni Press is releasing the English adaptation of Missing You in April 2023.
Following the loss of their mother, Thomas and Lara find an injured deer on the side of the road. Deciding to bring it home with them, they name the deer Lion and quickly become best friends. The new woodland creature soon fills their hearts with warmth and fun, easing their mourning. But when Lion grows more and more curious about the forest beyond their house, Thomas and Lara start to wonder if the forest is where Lion truly belongs. Will they be able to say goodbye to their new friend?
Phellip Willian is a professor during most of his time and a writer during his breaks and bus rides. He has an English degree from Universidade Estadual do Parana (EUPG) and a Masters in Literature from the same institution. He has released books with co-creator Melissa, and oftentimes he plays with stories and animals.
Melissa Garabeli is a visual and graphic artist. She has a degree in Visual Arts from Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa (EUPG) and has already illustrated many children's books and textbooks, as well as comics. Currently, she spends her time with her watercolors, rescued dogs, and chocolate milk.
This is a beautiful graphic novel in both story and illustration. Both compliment each other perfectly. Missing You is a story about a young family struggling to accept losing a loved one. It sees the battle of grief experienced through multi-generations of the same family - children, parent and grandparent. When a deer named Lion comes into their lives, they experience new love and friendship and learn the lessons of how life moves on and of letting go.
Missing You is a moving story about relationships and acceptance.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Later this week, I'll be reviewing Chester and the Magic 8 Ball, the new children's middle-grade book by Lynn Katz @lynn_katz
Until then, stay safe and happy reading.