This book is so lovely and soft-spoken, but packs a powerful and beautiful message. A young boy visits his grandfather, and while the two do not speak the same language, they find communication through things even more powerful than words: art, family, and love. This book is so magical, taking us through this journey of discovery with stunning artwork.
An amazing picture book that shows the power of art. Minh Le and Dan Santat (local author!) team up to create a powerful story about family, love, and strength. All with just a few words and a lot of action on the page. I loved the way the two drawing styles came together. - Jessica
“A grandson and his grandfather - unable to converse - sit in front of a television until the boy loses interest and turns to his drawing utensils. Grandfather then brings out his sketchbook and together they begin to 'talk' without words but with worlds of color, action and excitement. Once again Santat's (After the Fall) illustrations create a powerful book, one of communication between the generations. Sure to be a hit with all ages and perhaps another Caldecott winner.”
— Karen Briggs, The Booknook, East Talwas, MI
This acclaimed picture book from two award-winning creators about connecting across generational and language differences shows that sometimes you don't need words to find common ground.
When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens -- with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.
With spare text by Minh Lê and luminous illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, this stirring story about reaching across barriers will be cherished for years to come.
"A beautifully told and illustrated story about a grandson and grandfather struggling to communicate across divides of language, age and culture." --- Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize winner
Don't miss LIFT, also by Minh Lê and Dan Santat!
About the Author
Minh Lê is an author and national early childhood policy expert. He wrote Lift (also illustrated by Dan Santat) and Drawn Together, Let Me Finish! (illustrated by Isabel Roxas), and The Perfect Seat (illustrated by Gus Gordon). He has also written for the New York Times, the Horn Book, and the Huffington Post. Minh currently lives in San Diego, California with his wife and kids. He can be found online at minhlebooks.com.
Dan Santat is the author and artist of the Caldecott Award-winning The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, as well as the New York Times bestsellers Are We There Yet? and After the Fall. He has also illustrated many titles including Drawn Together (also by Minh Lê), The Alphabet's Alphabet (by Chris Harris), No More Poems (by Rhett Miller), and the Crankenstein series (by Samantha Berger). Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and two dogs. He can be found online at dantat.com.
APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Winner
"Dynamic."—The Wall Street Journal
* "The power of art takes center stage."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Focus on an underrepresented culture; highly accessible emotions; concise, strong storytelling; and artistic magnificence make this a must have."—Booklist, starred review
* "[A] visual language that speaks profoundly to readers."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
* "[P]erfectly paced to express universal emotions that connect generations separated by time, experience, and even language."—School Library Journal, starred review
* "Drawn Together is a testament to the strength of a shared love to overcome barriers of age, language and culture, and will leave readers, like Grandpa and his grandson, 'happily . . . SPEECHLESS.'"—Shelf Awareness, starred review
"A beautifully told and illustrated story about a grandson and grandfather struggling to communicate across divides of language, age, and culture."—Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize winner for The Sympathizer
PRAISE FOR LET ME FINISH!
"A fun storytime selection for audiences with a good sense of humor."—School Library Journal
PRAISE FOR LET ME FINISH!
"[S]ure to generate reader anticipation."—School Library Connection
PRAISE FOR LET ME FINISH!
NPR Best Books of 2016
PRAISE FOR THE COOKIE FIASCO
"[B]e prepared for this one to fly off the shelves."—School Library Journal
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