Soonchild is the mot haunting story, supported by the glorious illustrations by Alexis Deacon. Walker books gave the author and illustrator the freedom to craft a book that is more than the sum of it's parts. It is also a fitting epitaph the (very special) Russell Hoban.
However reading the book planted a seed, one that has begun to grow a little and may well become more than the sum of it's parts too.
I am thinking of working on many of the totems in the story and plan to tell some of Sixteen Face John's journey.
PS: I am ashamed to say I have not yet read The Mouse and His Child, which is really a classic. Guess what is on the next shopping list?