It’s probably more apt to call ‘Sam and Oscar’ by Ademar Vieira and Ana Valentine a picture book instead of ‘graphic novel’. It’s a silent illustrated story with zero dialogues depicting the relationship between a young man and his sweet little dog and cat.
The book is a cozy walk down memory lane and would be best enjoyed by those who either have/had pets or long for one. Ademar Vieira fondly draws the challenges of getting accustomed to a pet for the first time, the challenges, the initial frustrations and finally the pure joy of having someone who loves you unconditionally.
The story starts with a young Ademar moving to an unfurnished flat that’s in disrepair, with cracks in the walls, stains on the floors and dysfunctional fixtures. He turns the place around and those scenes would be relatable to anybody who’s taken joy in personalizing their own space. The artwork is simple, engaging and didn’t need words to explain what’s happening.
With a little less than 150 pages, ‘Sam and Oscar’ offers a perfect little book break for those who are fond of pets.
It’s a 4/5 from me. (The book is also available on Kindle Unlimited library)
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