Plot/Idea: Krainin has a flair for storytelling, and his nostalgic writing will spark reminiscences for every reader. He effortlessly weaves the adventures of Mr. Rabbit and Benny with the other animal protagonists in a way that mirrors human trials, transporting readers on a contemplative quest that is brimming with double meaning.
Prose: Krainin is gifted at mimicking wistful language styles from earlier time periods, creating a whimsical sensation throughout the story. The lyrically beautiful prose moves the novel along brilliantly, adding thoughtful introspections in the most fitting of places.
Originality: Hop-About is evocative of classical anthropomorphism and awash with lessons of morality set against animal fables. Krainin successfully elicits a full range of emotions for readers, most notably his dark and haunted ode to the lost innocence of childhood.
Character Development/Execution: Krainin has studied heirloom tales to good effect, manifesting in a dreamlike portrayal of wistful belonging and a desperate yearning for home that will resonate with readers of all ages. Each character, including the foreboding antagonist, is intimately developed and will tug at readers’ heartstrings.
Blurb: A euphoric imagining, rich with symbolism and metaphor.
Date Submitted: April 15, 2022
"Stuffed animals search for a long-lost friend in this debut literary fantasy for all ages ... Colin Krainin achieves something remarkable in his accomplished and poignant novel ... An extraordinarily moving, powerful tale about the resilience of grace and the joy of friendship." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)