It’s not often that my mother sends me book recommendations. But on Wednesday, we had the following conversation:
Mom: Two books you might really want to read. Especially Ghost Boy. Drawn Together and Ghost Boy.
Me: Is the first one by Jewell Parker Rhodes and has a red cover?
Me: Got that one. I considered using it for my dissertation but it’s MG where everything else is YA and it has magical realism.
Me: I checked the other one out from whichever library I’m logged into.
Me: I love Dan Santat’s artwork
Mom: I tried. I should have known act you have read these.
Now, to be fair, I’d only read Ghost Boys. Her other recommendation, Drawn Together I’ve since read a few times, if that tells you anything about how I feel about it. A brief overview of the story is included in the Sticky Note Review below.
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#bookaday Drawn Together by Minh Lê (author) and Dan Santat (illustrator). #SNRtbs Drawn Together is a beautiful story about bridging language gap through art. Clearly, the protagonist isn't happy about spending time with his grandfather, with whom he can't communicate. Minimal text leaves plenty of space for the telling of the story through the images, which is really what the story is about. Connecting through image. For those of you who are teachers, this would be a good shared reading to talk about how images tell a story. For those of you who aren't, come for the stunning pictures. Fabulous story from Lê and Santat. #tbsreads