When Charlie and his brother were young boys, they moved with their parents to work in a city textile factory.
Gyeong-hwa Kim tells the story of Britain's Industrial Revolution, with its polluted air, and harsh working conditions for children and adults alike. It is also a story of a sacrifice that Charlie is willing to make for his sick mother.
Illustrated by Anna and Elena Balbusso, the book has a handsome cubist/constructivist style reminiscent of Marc Chagall.
With a map of the global economy and a timeline of events, Leather Shoe Charlie works as both a picture book and a history book, with present-day relevance.
PAPERBACK; Published: 2/18/2017
Trim Size, in inches: 10.5" x 9"
illustration jpeg from theispot.com
Thank you to Eerdmans for the review copy.