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Goliath: The Boy Who Was Different by Ximo Abadía seems like it might be a somber and sad story, but turns out it is really a feel good story about just being you. Other than being very large, not looking like everyone else, Goliath seems like a normal boy. While Abadia does not dig deep into the differences, they show how being different affects Goliath, who is telling their own story. We have seen this story before, but it is fresh due to the unusual art that fits the theme nicely.
Not knowing anything about the author, I assumed they were not an American author. The entire feeling of the book flows and sounds old world. Despite the modern theme, this feels as if it could have been written anytime, anyplace. While I did not dislike this book, I was not “feeling” it as I had hoped. I think mostly that is due to the fact there is no action, unless you look at the illustrations. Goliath moves around, rides a bike and the bus, but that is it. There is no interaction with the other images/characters of the story.
Unless you count the color red as a character. Which I did. It is on every page. Goliath is red. The eyes that see him on one page is red. Almost every page has a drop of red. Yet, other colors are used too. But judge the books art by the cover. What you see is what you get. A small head, large person with the world being dwarfed below.
An “artsy” book, I am not sure I could easily recommend this book but know it would be a nice addition to the right library.