Sunday, February 27, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration - Book Fifty-Eight

In today's book, Bill Thomson tells an extraordinary story without any words at all. His artwork is a joy to look at, and readers of all ages will appreciate the meticulous attention to detail that he uses in all the illustrations.

Bill Thomson
Wordless Picture Book
For ages 4 to 7
Marshall Cavendish, 2010, 978-0-7614-5526-4
ChalkOne day, three friends are walking through a playground on a rainy day. As they come up to the dinosaur spring rider, they see that someone has looped the handles of a gift bag over the dinosaur’s teeth. Naturally, the children are curious to see what is in the gift bag. When they look inside the bag, they see that it is full of big sticks of colored chalk.
   One of the girls takes out a stick of yellow chalk and she draws a picture of a sun on the road. To her amazement, a shining sun blazes up from the road and soon it is up in the sky driving all the rain-filled clouds away.
   The second girl takes out an orange stick of chalk and she draws butterflies on the road. In no time at all, the three children are surrounded by fluttering monarch butterflies.
   The little boy takes a green stick of chalk out of the bag. Hmmm. He has an idea. He has an idea to draw something fabulous. Could it be that his idea is perhaps it is not so fabulous after all?
   For this simply gorgeous picture book, Bill Thomson has created luminous illustrations that are rich with detail. He takes an ordinary rainy day and turns it into a day that is full of magic and adventure. Young children will enjoy narrating the story in their own words, and they will appreciate the fact that the story ends where it began.

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