Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Little Crooked Bookshelf on #ReviewsDay

by Minh Lê
Illustrated by Dan Santat

(This week’s #ReviewsDay pick is from cottager Jamie Michalak.)

What it’s all about …
When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to frustration and silence -- until they discover they share a love of drawing. 

Why I love it …
WOW. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. This book! I love this book! Drawn Together is a stirring picture book about the power of art and storytelling. The boy and his grandfather's struggle to communicate will tug at your heartstrings. But then you're quickly swept up in their epic and action-packed shared creation, breathtakingly illustrated by Dan Santat. 

Sample illustration …

From Drawing Together by Minh Lê. Illustration copyright 2018 by Dan Santat.

Why will kids love it?
Many children will relate to the initial silence between the boy and his grandfather, and the unexpected adventure will knock kids off their feet.

Why will grown-ups love it?
It's easy for both kids and grown-ups to get lost in Dan Santat's dazzling and imaginative illustrations. This cover will likely be wearing a shiny sticker one day.

Where to find/buy …

Or at a school or library near you!

About the Author
Minh Lê is a writer, but like his grandfather, is a man of few words. He is the author of Let Me Finish! A first-generation Vietnamese-American, he went to Dartmouth College and has a master's in education from Harvard University. Visit Minh at minhlebooks.com or on Twitter @bottomshelfbks

About the Illustrator
Dan Santat is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Award-winning The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, as well as The Cookie Fiasco, After the Fall, and others. He is also the creator of Disney's animated hit, The Replacements. Visit him at dantat. com