Heave Ho! is the first picture book by Savannah,GA-based graphic artist, José Lucio. I found it to be a deceptively simple tale. Bright and colorful, flipping through it feels like flipping through frames of an animated film.
The story is about the proverbial early bird in its quest to get the worm, but the worm doesn't go without a fight. Soon others join the fray on both sides, a dog, a cat... more worms... pulling and tugging, tugging and pulling. Heave Ho!
Teamwork becomes a theme... but in the end, it's not teamwork that wins the day, but rather the cleverness of one individual worm thinking outside the box. That was the deceptiveness of the simplicity of it... in just a few pages, the tone and the theme shift, surprising the reader, and surprising the animals involved.
The question mark below is one of the things I only noticed in my re-read, as are the individual expressions on the worms' faces and the texture of their bodies, the eye carries along the dark worm hole, finding narrative clues for what's coming next.