By: Candlewick Press
This is a beautiful story about a great-grand-daughter visiting her great-grand-father for the first time. The matchbox diary was a cigar box filled with little matchboxes, because in his childhood her great-grand-dad couldn’t write but still wanted to collect his memories like the schoolmasters son does in his red leather journal, so he collected small, yet meaningful items that reminded him of important parts of his life.
The story is beautifully drawn. Colored image of the present and black and white almost perfect life-like pictures of the past. The sentences were short, but the pages were completely filled with the scene of great-grand-father’s story, or when that little girl would stand next to him as he told his story. The details are amazing – I seriously cannot get over the details in the pictures. They accompanied each other very well.