Review: Welcome to the New World by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan
Life in the United States comes with many challenges. There are rules that the family must follow if they want to stay, some of them petty and unfair. The family has also arrived on the eve of the 2016 election and the political landscape has just shifted considerably. In addition to that, starting school and getting along with their neighbours, in a country where--it turns out--families like theirs are not always wanted or welcome isn't easy. But there are some lighthearted moments too, and moments of real joy.
Initially conceived as a short series of comics for a newspaper, those same strips won the Pulitzer Prize, and have now been expanded into this book. Although Welcome to the New World isn't always easy reading, it is most certainly eye opening and beautiful in its own way. People are people wherever you go. Some are good. Some are bad. Some get dealt a much worse hand than others. Some want to harm ... and some want to help, and to heal.