Small for his age, Hue Boy takes a lot of ribbing from his classmates, and he’s himself more than a little concerned about his size. He does his best to speed the growing process–eating all the good food his Mama fixes him, faithfully performing a routine of stretching exercises–but nothing changes: “Hue Boy didn’t grow one bit. He didn’t grow at all, at all.” A visit to a wise man doesn’t help, and the doctor says he’s perfectly healthy. Even village healer Miss Frangipani’s herbal remedy is a bust. Then Hue Boy’s dad arrives home on shore leave, and Hue Boy is so happy to see him he walks “tall, with his head held high” and no longer feels small. Mitchell’s sympathetic story and fluid, lilting prose are a fitting springboard for Binch ( Amazing Grace ), whose supremely expressive watercolors make the most of the tale’s Caribbean setting. Here, she dips her brush into a palette of lush, sun-drenched colors, and under her sure hand Hue Boy emerges as a character whose spunk and perseverance will steal readers’ hearts.