Oh My I can’t even begin to describe the beauty in this book. The Only Child is such a beautiful story. It is a wordless picture book so of course the story is written in illustrations. The illustrations are out of this world. I love pencil sketches the shading can say so much. I’m not sure if Guojing used pencils or charcoal or a mixture, maybe they used something all together different from what I’m thinking. The illustrations remind me of pencils with shading and maybe some charcoal mixed in. The Only Child is based on the authors own experiences growing up in China. They grew up in China in the 80’s during the one child policy. The parents worked hard and usually the grandma would be there but at times Guojing was home all alone and lonely. The illustrations in this book are frame worth, that along with the heartwarming story makes this a must get and gift picture book!
summary: A little girl – lost and alone – follows a mysterious stag deep into the woods, and like Alice down the rabbit hole, she finds herself in a strange and wondrous world. But home and family are very far away. How will she get back?
In this extraordinary wordless picture book, Goujing brilliantly captures the rich and deeply felt emotional life of a child- filled with loneliness and longing as well as the love and joy.
Thank you so much Random House Kids and Guojing for allowing me to review The Only Child. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book. This book is amazing and I think it needs to be on all bookshelves at home and schools!