|About the Book|
Junior, a 7-year-old Haitian boy, relates how he passed the time remembering good times he had with his family and friends whilst waiting for eight days to be rescued from under the rubble of his house after an earthquake. Based on the true story of the earthquake of January 12, 2010, Danticat focuses away from the fear and death and destruction and toward life. Junior keeps up his courage by remembering all the fun Haitian children have growing up. Danticat writes at the end of the book of how the earthquake affected her, having close relatives there herself. The illustrations are colorful, like Haiti, but I wasnt happy with how the illustrator drew faces. The children looked like kids with adult faces/heads half the time. Nevertheless, it was an interesting story, though not really informative about the earthquake itself.