For anyone unfamiliar with Jon McNaught’s work we urge you to change that now. We should stress at this point that is not a children’s book but a graphic novel full of subtlety and the many sweet moments that make up our lives. is split into two parts but each is connected by location; they take place in the same town just as summer fades and autumn blows in.
Mostly wordless, we follow the residents of Dockwood, as well as its animal inhabitants, frame by frame as McNaught wows us time and again with delicate understatement. We first follow Jim as he makes his way to work in a residential home. Cars drive by, leave rustle, time passes. We watch as birds land to inspect puddles, watch taps drip and listen to the radio. What we are witnessing are the those intimate, unimportant moments that make up a day, and how beautiful they can be. There is a solemness to Jim’s ritual and to the regime of his working day, it feels slow but not sad. What we are given is a glimpse into an existence and the time to reflect on how wonderful the parts that make up the whole are.