Not only does Hernandez beautifully capture the dialogue and interactions between children, he even captures the way they stand — and the way they stop and reflect on a moment. There is a sense of awe and wonder present in children that is often forgotten — or neglected — in adulthood. Hernandez has not forgotten, and his careful drawings and occasional open panels invite readers to pause and remember when each day was a new adventure, and anything could happen if you just said the word: “pretend.”


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