My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First Published: February 15th, 2016
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Recommended Age: 3+
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Picture Books, Art, Creativity
Enter the magical, creative world of the renowned French artist, Serge Bloch, where anything can happen, and the discovery of an ordinary little line can result in the most marvelous adventure. Coming to life, the little line becomes majestic mountains, wings to fly with, a circus full of animals, flowers, a perilous tightrope, and that’s only the beginning! With this classic story about an artist’s becoming, children will be inspired to create their own drawings, taking simple lines and transforming them into endless possibilities.
I found this book very soothing.
I don’t think I’ve ever said that about a book before, picture book or not, but it was so quiet and full of imaginative elements that I immediately forgot about the world around me (and the exams I have to study for).
It’s not exactly complex – actually, it’s about a little boy who finds a line. He puts it in a safe place, then forgets about it, until he takes it out again and helps it grow into a longer, more developed line that is always there by his side and inspires him to live an adventurous, exciting life.
Because the narration is short, I finished it within five minutes. Now, while I consider my time mid-exam period extremely precious, I’m a little disappointed it wasn’t a bit longer, as I quite enjoyed the whole idea of a pliable line that thrives alongside your creative mind. I wanted to be that boy. As long as you have art in your life – whatever its form – you will never be alone.
At the same time, the reason why I like this story and enjoy talking about it is because I read the line as a metaphor. I don’t think young children will have the same experience reading it as I did. And while the illustrations are atmospheric, they are not at all impressive. Anyone can draw like that. Three stars for content and execution. Charming, but it sure could have been more colorful and professionally-drawn.
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