Historical fiction can be really great when it's based on simple primary sources. I enjoyed how Carbone drew the story through the eyes of the two boys, and the plain thread of their play narrative showed the character transformation that the story's event brought.
The figures in the illustrations remind me of Hergé's Tintin drawings, although the pen work was looser and more dynamic. Much of the sense of movement was achieved through the cross-hatching and other line work that would otherwise be noted as texture. My whole family sat and looked at Carpenter's oceans and wondered what kind of tool she used to get that effect! It was an unusual and fascinating way to paint water.