At first glance, GENTLEMAN JIM looks like a child’s board book. Its small size and playful cover don’t give much of a hint as to its dense contents and marvelously constructed themes. A quick flip inside its pages reveals the truth, however: This is a deliciously funny and witty book for grownups --- but kids might like it too.
Author and illustrator Raymond Briggs has certainly balanced his work between kids’ tales and more adult-oriented fare, from things like FATHER CHRISTMAS and THE SNOWMAN to WHEN THE WIND BLOWS, an ominous graphic novel take on nuclear war. At a scant 32 pages, GENTLEMAN JIM is a short yet delightful bit of whimsy that wouldn’t be ina