Ron Hall & Denver Moore
This remarkable story shows what can happen when we choose to help. Kids will discover that we can all make a difference—no matter how big or small we are and no matter how big or small the task.
Several friends raved about the original book Same Kind of Different as Me, though that one’s still sitting on my (rather long) reading list. I grabbed the kids’ version as soon as I saw it … but I’m left scratching my head a little.
It seems like there’s a lot left out of this story–perhaps elements that would tie it all together. As it is though, there’s really no “hook”. It rambles on from one disconnected event to the next, and then tries (and fails) to wrap up tidily.
Perhaps if you’ve read the original book, this story might make a bit more sense. Without that context though, I’m left a bit disoriented. It’s trying to teach a lesson, but it does so in such a roundabout, rambling way that the message is lost.
The author created his own illustrations for this book. He is an international art dealer, but he does not seem to be a professional illustrator. The artwork is almost a bit childish, but oddly enough, it really works. The simple paintings almost feel like a glimpse into the author’s childhood memories.
I often caution against doing your own illustrations, but in this case, I’m proven wrong. Of course, the very professional page layout makes all the difference as well.
Nice layout that fits the tone of the story. I generally prefer unique artwork for the cover (rather than a piece reused from inside the book), but in this case, the image fits well. It encapsulates the story nicely, and I’m not sure they could have done much better.
Text treatment is solid, and the spot gloss is a nice effect on the book jacket.
About the Authors
Ron Hall is an international art dealer whose long list of regular clients includes many celebrity personalities. An MBA graduate of Texas Christian University, he divides his time between Dallas, New York, and his Brazos River ranch near Fort Worth.
Denver Moore served as a volunteer at the Fort Worth Union Gospel Mission until his death in March 2012.