Sunday, March 6, 2011

Fun Without Words: Chalk

ChalkSometimes the best way to play with words is to dispense with them altogether. The Cybils Fiction Picture Book Finalist Chalk joins a proud heritage of laconic picture books that tell a vivid story without vocabulary. Bill Thomson painted each page to show the children finding the magic chalk, getting in trouble with magic chalk, and solving the problems they create. The colors are bright and the images lively, enthralling my kids and me. Bookie Woogie liked it as well.

It probably won't resonate as strongly as our current favorite wordless book, Tuesday, because there aren't as many side stories going on in the pictures; each page has a strong message, but there aren't side conversations going on in the nooks and crannies. But this is definitely our favorite Cybils picture book so far.  A

PS.  The Amazon link sends the proceeds to the Cybils committee if I did it right.  Probably not an issue.


morninglight mama said...

Aren't these illustrations absolutely amazing?? This is a favorite of my kids, for sure!
-Dawn, 5M4B

Nancy said...

My kids loved this one too, great book!

Beth said...

It's just been nudged out in my sixth grader's top pick by FLora's Very Windy Day. Wow.

The fourth grader is reserving judgment until the morning.