A quiet boy who doesn’t fit in has a busy family that doesn’t always see him. He finds solace in the patch of trees beside his home where he imagines up a new friend — an elephant.
Award-winning illustrator Freya Blackwood brings the world something exquisite in this wordless picture book. Each spread tells a story in itself but also adds to the bigger narrative of the book.
What this provides readers is a unique experience to travel alone or with others, because the story I see might be different to the story you see, and that is something truly magical. And the ending is… unforgettable, but I’ll say no more than that because its power lies in experiencing it for yourself.
I first explored this book with my six-year-old daughter, who adores wordless picture books (and often brings them to class to share). As I devoured Blackwood’s stunning illustrations in my mind, I asked my daughter what she saw.
Often, we saw a similar story (though not always), but we always noticed different details and my daughter’s interpretation of the Boy’s expressions and feelings opened my eyes to how she sees the world. It was a wonderful experience to share with my child, and I highly recommend you grab a copy a of this book and do the same.
The Boy and the Elephant is more than special. It’s powerful and unique.
Wordless picture books are not easy to deliver, but Blackwood shows us how it should be done, giving the world images that will imprint a story in your mind and never be forgotten.
Title: The Boy and the Elephant
Author/Illustrator: Freya Blackwood
Publisher: HarperCollins, $24.99
Publication Date: 3 November 2021
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book
January 11, 2022 at 11:31PM Shaye Wardrop