During the snowstorm when Jimmy visits his classmates he finds what he least expected. He finds a family ready to embrace him and appreciate him. While at his classmates house there is one frame on the bottom left corner of the page where Jimmy points out how he was raised to be "quiet and fearful before his elders," but in his friend house he has quickly forgotten this and was able to escape with his friends and "shriek like animals."
In this picture you can see Jimmy thoroughly engaging with his friends and appears to be truly enjoying himself. It is obvious that this situation is preferrable to the one at his own home. The picture seem to show all of Jimmy's friends enjoying his company as well. This is very different than the previous scenes in his school where he had been sitting all alone looking solemn and sad. It seems as if the author is trying to create a place where Jimmy can escape, his friends fathers workshop. He says the "bemused face he was used to hiding behind every day of his life melted away" when he was in this shop.
The picture in the bottom left corner of the shop, door closed, laughing children and a father figure in my opinion optimizes everything Jimmy misses in his own home. As the scene progresses, in the middle frame on the next page, Jimmy says he "began to fantasize...he shared more in common with him(his friends father) than his own son." In this picture you see Jimmy sitting, working with his friends father while his friends sit on the other side of the table looking somewhat confused. It is almost as if once he was accepted with his friends he took the first opportunity to move past them. I is not friends that Jimmy wants, it is a Father. He is as quick to leave his friends as he his to make them. In this picture, his one friend, on the left looks particularly confused. His eyebrows are raised almost to say 'why is he getting so much attention?'
Next, as the scene progresses further. Jimmy is given the seat of honor next to his friends father. Presumably this is usually his friends seat that Jimmy has now moved in on. Another example of Jimmy stepping away from his friends toward his fantacy Father. However, Jimmy's real father is not far behind to enter and ruin Jimmy's moment with a new family.