It's hard at first to get used to the style - the drawing is a bit rough and the cartoon violence really over the top considering that this is a fictional but realistic account based on the writer's real life. There are no mice in this tale but the story is just as valid and important. This is the story about life in Japan at the end of WWII for a family in Hiroshima. It is also an account about living through the effects of an atomic bomb. It is an intimate, tragic and amazing story about a 7 year old boy who is forced to see the worst aspects of humanity at a young age. Treachery, greed, ignorance, cruelty, all factors that destroy innocence come to work on a boy who loses all but never gives up hope. This is volume one.