Stormy

  • Title: Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home
  • Author: Guojing
  • Illustrator: Guojing
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House
  • Publication year: 2019
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“In this heartwarming, wordless picture book that’s perfect for dog lovers, a woman visits a park and discovers a pup hiding under a bench–scruffy, scared, and alone. With gentle coaxing, the woman tries to befriend the animal, but the dog is too scared to let her near. Day after day, the woman tries–and day after day, the dog runs away. With perseverance and patience–and help from an enticing tennis ball–a tentative friendship begins. But it’s not until a raging storm forces the two together that a joyous and satisfying friendship takes hold. Guojing poignantly explores how trust doesn’t always come easily, but how, over time, and with kindness and determination, forever love can grow.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I think this book could be used to start a discussion, to ask students how they interpret the images and the story, even though there are no words. I think this book would work well in a class with younger children (though I think older children and adults could appreciate this book).
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – The illustrations by Guojing are incredibly realistic. The dog’s fur is detailed in every illustration, and we can see when the dog gets wet that their fur is also wet, we can almost feel the heaviness of their pelt and the cold and wind. The storm is captured so well that we can even see the water bounce off the trashcan in one set of images.

The Lion & The Mouse

  • Title: The Lion & The Mouse
  • Author: Jerry Pinkney
  • Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication year: 2009
  • Brief Summary: From Little, Brown and Company-“In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney’s wordless adaptation of one of Aesop’s most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he’d planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher’s trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I liked this version of an old Aesop fable and I think this version could be used in the classroom as children learn the “traditional” folk tales. I found this great discussion guide from Hachette Book Group to use with children after they have read this.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –I was intrigued about reading this book when it was mentioned in class. I loved Pinkney’s choice of using onomatopoeia instead of words for this book. I think it allows children the opportunity to think about the story they are seeing and to make their own assumptions.

Another

  • Title: Another
  • Author: Christian Robinson
  • Illustrator: Christian Robinson
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, and imprint of Simon & Schuster
  • Publication year: 2019
  • Brief Summary: From Simon & Schuster-“In his eagerly anticipated debut as author-illustrator, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree Christian Robinson brings young readers on a playful, imaginative journey into another world.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –This could be used in a literature class, especially evidenced in this article from The Horn Book explaining how this book could be used to show the hero’s journey. Like the other (almost) wordless book, Tuesday, I reviewed, you could also have children make their own story to this book.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –Although this picture book is wordless, I think it conveys more than even if it had text present. There is a lot more going on in this book, from the wonder of imagination, to the diversity of the children present in this “other-world.” I think my favorite illustration is actually of the two cats running into the portal, with our surprised protagonist looking on in wonder.

Tuesday

  • Title: Tuesday
  • Author: David Wiesner
  • Illustrator: David Wiesner
  • Publisher: Clarion Books, a Houghton Mifflin Company imprint
  • Publication year: 1991
  • Brief Summary: From Houghton Mifflin-“In David Wiesner’s whimsical and elegant  New York Times bestseller and Caldecott Medal–winner, the events of a delightfully unpredictable Tuesday invite readers to find the potential for the wondrousness in every day.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –An activity found here, suggests asking children to write their own text to accompany the illustrations, which I think would be a great way to use this in a literature class.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –The very detailed and almost real illustrations say a lot without needing text. My favorite is the two-page spread of the most absurd thing: the flying frogs on their lily pads high above a sleeping suburb.