Morris lives with his grandma at the foot of a mountain. Grandma’s dog, Houdini, lives up to her name: she’s brilliant at escaping. Morris climbs the mountain to fetch Houdini safely home for the hundredth time when a snowstorm catches them by surprise. High in the snow he meets a boy who deals very differently with all that life metes out to him.
A literary masterpiece. ‘Morris’ is Moeyaert at his best. *****De Standaard
In Bart Moeyaert’s latest creation, after having won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2019, we again find the multi-layered yet measured sentences so characteristic of his work. He depicts Morris, with masterly precision, as a loner who carries sadness within him and at the same time – almost to his own surprise – doesn’t let anyone mess him about. With his beautiful illustrations, Sebastiaan Van Doninck brings warmth and colour into the snow-white cold of the story, thereby hinting at the tone of the heart-warming ending.
Moeyaert’s ingenious text and Van Doninck’s smart colour illustrations are a match made in heaven.De Morgen
One thing is certain: 'Morris' is among Moeyaert's best work. *****NRC