Kirsch, Vincent X.

From Archie to Zack

(2) K-3 "Everyone" says that Archie and Zack love each other--everyone, that is, but the two boys in question, who are boon companions at school and at play but seem unable to put their mutual affection into words. Three times, Archie tries to write Zack a love note; three times, he fails to send it because "something's missing." That the something is an oral declaration only becomes apparent when it actually occurs, although, oddly, the boys keep their feelings in the third person, saying "Zack loves Archie" and "Archie loves Zack." Men, amirite? The story is oblique and more than a little adult, but the animated pictures (watercolor and ink and pencil) of the boys and their supportive schoolmates are filled with friendship and fun and leave no doubt that Archie (who is white) and Zack (who is brown) belong together.


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