Hailed by "Entertainment Weekly" and the "Wall Street Journal" as a best book of the year, this gorgeous and imaginative story part picture book, part graphic novel is utterly transporting and original. Read more...
Hailed by "Entertainment Weekly" and the "Wall Street Journal" as a best book of the year, this gorgeous and imaginative story part picture book, part graphic novel is utterly transporting and original. "USA Today"declared it a compelling and melancholy debut from an important new talent" as well as "an expansive and ageless book full of wonder, sadness, and wild bursts of imagination. And likeShaun Tan's "The Arrival "and Raymond Briggs's "The Snowman, "it is quickly becoming a modern classic.
A little girl lost and alone follows a mysterious stag deep into the woods, and, like Alice down the rabbit hole, she finds herself in a strange and wondrous world. But... home and family are very far away. How will she get back there?
In this magnificently illustrated and wordless masterpiece, debut artist Guojing brilliantly captures the rich and deeply-felt emotional life of a child, filled with loneliness and longing as well as love and joy."
" A haunting, wordless, gorgeously drawn picture book. " "People""
Told wordlessly through soft, dreamy illustrations, Guojing s tale evokes the loneliness of growing up under China s one-child policy. "Entertainment Weekly
" A dreamy, wordless debut. ""The New York Times""
"Majestic.... Rare is the book containing great emotional depth that truly resonates across a span of ages: this is one such." "Kirkus Reviews," Starred
"Reminiscent ofRaymond Briggs s classic, "The Snowman "(1978), this is quiet, moving, playful, and bittersweet all at once." "Booklist," Starred"
- ISBN-13: 9780553497045
- ISBN-10: 0553497049
- Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
- Publish Date: December 2015
- Page Count: 112
- Reading Level: Ages 5-9
- Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-28
- Reviewer: Staff
In an authors note, newcomer Guojing explains that this wordless graphic novel grew out of memories of isolation and loneliness, growing up under Chinas one-child policy. The Only Child of her story is an adorable dumpling in overalls who discovers herself alone on a bus after falling asleep. She sets off to find her grandmothers house and is approached in a wintry forest by a stag, who flies with her into a realm beyond the clouds. There they discover an irresistible creaturepart baby seal, part polar bear cuband the three share a marvelous adventure until the animals parent comes to fetch it and the child is left alone again. She is never deserted by the loyal stag, though, who returns her safely to her own world. The low-key, all-gray charcoal palette carries whiffs of winter chill and poverty, but the physical sensations Guojing suggests visuallythe fluffy softness of the clouds, the warmth of the stags closenessprovide the comfort of a soft quilt. Fine draftsmanship, deft pacing, and striking imaginative power distinguish this debut. Ages 59. Agent: Isabel Atherton, Creative Authors. (Dec.)