Friday, February 28, 2014

Lola

What a strange book Lola: A Ghost Story is. It definitely has an original conceit: a Canadian boy travels with his family to the Philippines for the funeral of his clairvoyant grandmother. He doesn't want to accept that he may share his grandmother's gift, although the visits from his late cousin say otherwise.

I may have been thrown off by the illustrations, which were all in a muted brown. At times, it made it difficult to distinguish time shifts and between characters. I also think that a lack of color was a poor choice for the setting, which could have been so beautiful.

My favorite part was learning a little more about Filipino culture, including some folktales and vocabulary. I wish there was more of it and more story in general, but Lola cuts off abruptly, with an ambiguous, and in my opinion, unlikable ending.

On the plus side, it only took me twenty minutes to read, but I won't be recommending it to anyone.

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