In a Vietnamese setting, we see a fisherman at sea, then page by page zoom into his house and warmth of the kitchen, complete with wife, baby, dog and soup pot on the fire, awaiting his safe return. The soft edged and naturalistic, full colour illustrations echo both Japanese woodblock and Chinese pen and ink techniques and ensure that much new detail is discovered at every reading. Whilst it is possible to understand the story from the illustrations alone, this circular tale is told using an almost incantatory, rhythmic style, both soothing and lulling. The mesmerising effect created by the use of shifting perspective, from close up to bird's eye view. enhances this rewarding read.