Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Pick of the Week: Last Night

Last Night by Hyewon Yum (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2008)

In this debut wordless picture book by South Korean-born artist Hyewon Yum, a little girl refuses to eat her dinner and is sent to her room. She climbs into bed with her teddy bear for comfort and thus begins a fantastic dream of a very imaginative voyage into the forest with her bear. Linoleum block prints and full-bleed spreads vividly bring to life the emotions and experiences of the little girl and her bear. The wordless format works well here as the pictures evoke enough of the experience to carry the young viewer through the story. But it also makes it easy for a parent or caregiver to discuss what the little girl might be feeling along her journey. With the bright and cheerful last pages, we see the little girl awake in the morning, running down the stairs of her home and into her mother's arms with a smile on her face.

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