I enjoyed this a lot ... although, I have this nagging feeling that it could have been a little more substantial. After reading, I felt like I had only gotten 90% of the story. However, that 90% was terrific. It's illustrated autobiography, Say describes his life as a teenager in post-war Japan, striving to discover his identity as an artist. It's not a lengthy read, but it's absolutely charming and emotional and makes you really feel a connection to the author.
Recommended: It's heavily illustrated, but older kids, especially kids who see themselves as artists, would enjoy it. I think there's a lot for kids to talk about with adults regarding that particular time in Japan and in history.