Dave McKean’s artwork turns David Almond’s short story into a wonderful graphic novel/picture book hybrid. Slog’s dad is dead, but Slog is certain that the man sitting on the bench across the square is him, come back to see Slog, like he said he would. In the spring. A deeply moving tale, it explores not only grief and loss but also the most surprising sources of hope and comfort. The book’s collage of images provides an insight into Slog’s memory, as well as the depths of his heart and soul as he both remembers his dad and connects with the stranger on the square.