Heather's Reviews > Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze
Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze
I picked this up expecting a light Diary of a Wimpy Kid-type read. It's true that there were funny comic-type illustrations throughout this book about a middle school boy who is a few rungs down on the social ladder, but that's about where the similarity ends. Don't get me wrong--I love Wimpy Kid--but there's about as much depth to those books as the kiddie wading pool at the park. For Milo, though, you better be prepared with some diving gear. There's no shortage of books out there on children with dead mothers, and the temptation to succumb to sentimentality is great. Silberberg not only avoids that, he manages to deliver a moving narrative about one boy's (and his family's) struggle to return to life (or as Milo describes it "escape the fog") after the untimely death of a parent. There are some awesome characters who help Milo on his journey, including a couple of loyal friends and a quirky neighbor. Milo's growth goes beyond coming to terms with death, however. It's also about changing his perspective on how he sees himself and others.
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