This is a remarkable book. Reif Larson has created a memorable, engaging narrator: a twelve year-old cartographer who wins a celebrated fellowship at the Smithsonian Institute and crosses the country on his own to accept his prize. Just when T.S. wows you with his understanding of some natural (or man-made) phenomenon, you crash back to earth with his Honey-Nut Cheerio obsession.
Larson’s book is ultimately about family: what makes us family, and how we stay that way. But what keeps you reading are the fabulous illustrations of the world, and what that tells us about what goes on in our own heads.