“A wordless picture book celebrates the power of art and imagination.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Young artists will love this book, as will all children who know the joy of exploring their own imaginations.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
“A strongly developed and executed account of a childhood fantasy, urging all young artists to dream and to draw.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A true celebration of where our imaginations can take us.” —Booklist (starred review)
“A marvelous wordless adventure in which a bedbound artist takes readers on safari via his imagination.” —Shelf Awareness (starred review)
Based on his own childhood, beloved and award-winning artist Raúl Colón’s wordless book is about the limitless nature of creativity and imagination.
A boy alone in his room.
Sketchbook in hand.
What would it be like to go on safari?
A boy named Leonardo begins to imagine and then to draw a world afar—first a rhinoceros, and then he meets some monkeys, and he always has a friendly elephant at his side. Soon he finds himself in the jungle and carried away by the sheer power of his imagination, seeing the world through his own eyes and making friends along the way.
In Col n's (Baseball Is...) wordless fantasy, a boy lies on his bed, his sketchbook on the floor; he's lost in a large book titled Africa. As he takes up his sketchbook and begins to draw, small full-color panels of himself setting off across the African veldt sail forth from his mind like thought balloons. On the next page, he's entered his fantasy fully; he's in the African grasslands, carrying his drawing supplies and waving to a nearby elephant. After obligingly allowing its portrait to be drawn, the elephant carries the boy to meet other animals who pose for him zebras, giraffes, and hippos. A rhinoceros portrait ends in near-calamity; a gang of baboons draw the boy. After a tender goodbye to the elephant, another series of sunlit panels retreats into the boy's head as he returns to real life. Col n's visual signature is the use of finely combed lines to trace the contours of his figures, a technique that's at once delicate and sensuous. It's a strongly developed and executed account of a childhood fantasy, urging all young artists to dream and to draw. Ages 4 8.