Non Stop by Tomi Ungerer
Tomi is a spectacular graphic genius who makes some of my favorite children's books of all times. He was a wonderfully idiosyncratic, uncompromising artist whose books never condescended to young readers with platitudes or secondhand morality. His books, in fact, rarely seemed intended for kids at all, which is perhaps why he has always appealed to me. These books still thrive, because they break all the rules applied to children’s books peopled with cushy teddy bears in an illusory world where everyone is nice, happy and stupid.
In this book—his final masterpiece— earth is devastated and empty (lol not hard to imagine). Everyone has escaped to the moon – except Vasco. Luckily, Vasco has his shadow to guide him, and he finds little green Poco – someone to care for and bring to safety. Nonstop dangers await Vasco and baby Poco at every corner, but Vasco's shadow rescues and guides them through destroyed cities and apocalyptic landscapes to safety. Nonstop, the legendary children’s book author's last picture book, sends a powerful message to help guide us through trying times.