Monday, December 14, 2015 |
After a car bomb kills his mother, six-year-old Niko Karaam and his father Antoine leave their war-torn country in search of a new home. They spend twelve years in seven countries trying to survive and Niko eventually ends up in Canada with relatives.
During the last three months of sitting in the apartment, the little boy's friendship with this cartoon cat and mouse has deepened; he finds Tom and Jerry to be dependable animals, defiant and full of life every weekday afternoon, provided the channel comes through. He prefers Jerry to Tom. When neither is around, he has told Baba that Popeye amuses him as well, though he still does not like spinach. Also, though the little boy would rather reserve his final judgment for several more episodes, he doesn't mind laughing with the Pink Panther, whose sole occupation, it seems, is to paint a world of blue back into pink.
From Niko by Dimitri Nasrallah ©2011. Published by Véhicule Press.