Only Child

Author(s): Guojing

Wordless Books | English | Christmas Gifts

Like Shaun Tan's "The Arrival "and Raymond Briggs's "The Snowman, " this gorgeous and imaginative 100-page graphic picture book is utterly transporting and original. 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 there? In this magnificently illustrated and wordless masterpiece, debut artist Guojing brilliantly captures the rich and deeply-felt emotional life of a child, filled with loneliness and longing as well as love and joy. "Majestic.... Rare is the book containing great emotional depth that truly resonates across a span of ages: this is one such." "Kirkus Reviews," Starred"


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Rare is the book containing great emotional depth that truly resonates across a span of ages: this is one such. "Kirkus Reviews"starred review Fine draftsmanship, deft pacing, and striking imaginative power distinguish this debut. "Publishers Weekly" starred review Each arresting, softly penciled panel is surprisingly luminous in spite of its monochromatic palette, and in those gentle scenes, Guojing evokes a wide range of feeling, especially the lonesomeness of the little girl, who never quite seems at ease alone. Reminiscent of Raymond Briggs classic, "The Snowman "(1978), this is quiet, moving, playful, and bittersweet all at once. "Booklist"starred review"

Guojing is an illustrator from the Shanxi Province of China. Since graduating from the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, she has worked as a concept artist for games and animated television shows. Due to China's birth control policy, Guojing is an only child, and she has drawn on her childhood memories of loneliness and isolation while developing this, her first book.

General Fields

  • : 9780553497045
  • : Random House USA Inc
  • : Random House Inc
  • : 0.743
  • : December 2015
  • : 286mm X 203mm X 17mm
  • : United States
  • : December 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Guojing
  • : Hardback
  • : en
  • : 823.92
  • : 112
  • : illustrations