by Barbara Lehman
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
Age: 4 +
Interests: wordless books, mystery, travel, books
Also by this author: Museum Trip, Rainstorm, Trainstop, The Secret Box
On a snowy city street a girl finds a red book. Inside is a map of an island. On the island is a boy, looking at a picture in a red book. A picture of a girl in the city looking at a picture of a boy on an island in a red book. (You get the idea.)
A mind-bender of a story, all the more charming for having no words. The girl decides to travel to the island to visit the boy, and in a magical ending, she does. And a new person finds the red book…
A really wonderful book. Such a simple idea, and simply drawn, and yet so profound and satisfying. The look on a child’s face when they realize what’s going on is priceless.
Good for 4 year olds, but older children will love it too. I’ll certainly be looking up Barbara Lehman’s other books next.