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In this wordless picture book, a boy who is confined to his room fills his sketch pad with lions and elephants, then imagines himself on a safari.
Published: New York :, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781442494923
Branch Call Number: E COL
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations ;,30 cm


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vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Raul Colon draws a young boy having an imaginary adventure drawing the wonderful great beasts of Africa.

forbesrachel Mar 29, 2015

As a boy sits on his bed he starts to draw out his imaginary expedition to Africa. He draws himself drawing the animals he sees, including an zebras, gorillas, and lions (from a safe distance of course). While travelling with the elephant and bird he befriended, he captures some great shots of these creatures in their habitat, although he does have a close call with a charging rhino. The story is then capped by his return to his room. This frame is stylistically different than the rest, looking more like the pencil sketches in a sketchbook than the real world. His creations on the other hand are fully coloured with watercolours, and prismacolour pencils; the imaginary world looks more real than his own. This is a portrait of an ideal safari trip, in which the illustrations invoke thoughts of old photographs thanks to the grainy effect of the Arches paper. As a final touch, lines are etched into the surface to add subtle details, flow, and even movement. This book is wordless, creative, and a somewhat meta window into a young artists life. It is through him that we connect with the authors call to Draw! Here is a boy in his room using books as reference to churn out page after page. In fact, as Raul Colon states in his author's note, most artists start out by copying and learning from others. This too is the type of book that will make kids wonder, how did the artist do it, and can I do it as well?

Dec 04, 2014

In this wordless book, a boy takes an imaginary journey to Africa through his drawings of different animals. As he draws each animal, it is as if he is really there. In the end, he shows his pictures to his classroom.

The pictures are absolutely beautiful and colorful. The story is fun as you follow the boy from one animal to another, even when he has to run from the storming rhinoceros. This is a wonderful book for any young inspiring artist. I would have liked it to be a little longer, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

ChristchurchKids Oct 27, 2014

No words are needed to tell this captivating tale of creativity and adventure. Depicted in textured, warm-hued illustrations, a bedridden little boy reads a book about African animals. When he picks up his sketchbook, the animals he draws come to life in his mind, and soon the boy is immersed in an imaginary safari full of wildlife to sketch and paint. After befriending an elephant, rescuing his art supplies from some crafty baboons, and narrowly escaping a charging rhinoceros, the boy returns to reality…with a stack of drawings to share. Children who enjoy the dynamic art and wordless drama of Draw! may also appreciate Bill Thomson's Chalk.

Picture books newsletter October 2014


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