Stitches: A Memoir by David Small is quickly finding its way to the top of most booklists this year. Hmmm, David Small….David Small…where do I know that name?! SAY WHAT?! He is the author/illustrator of one of my favorite children’s books of all time, Imogene’s Antlers, and has illustrated like a million others including So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George, The Library by Sarah Stewart and The Underneath by Kathi Appelt!!! But I could tell by the creepy cover drawing of Small’s family (and his Grandmother’s frequent use of the word durn), that Stitches was not a story about how he used his wonderful childhood experiences to inspire his art. Nope, I learned quickly that, for Small, drawing was an escape from his childhood of physical and emotional abuse, disease, and neglect. INTENSE. PAGE. TURNER. What I considered most powerful about Stitiches is that despite the important people in his life doing monstrous things to him, Smalls did not portray them as monsters. The work is honest and raw and moving and somehow hopeful.