In this deceptively simple wordless picture book, a small girl finds the end of a long black line and picks it up. She wiggles the line, slides down it and spins inside circles made from it. In her hands, the line transforms into bubbles to blow, a jungle vine to swing from and a tightrope to balance on. The girl is having such a good time! Until suddenly, the line turns into a big, hungry monster! Oh, no! Will the little girl be eaten, or will another surprise twist to the line save her from the frightening creature? Young children will become instantly involved in this story, curious to see what's next for the magical line that is transformed again and again, and delighted by the surprise on the last page, where the drawer of the line is revealed. Award-winning illustrator Paula Bossio has created a fresh way to tell an original story full of play and creativity. It offers young children an easy-to-understand yet powerful message about imagination and the nearly limitless ways to have fun. This book makes a perfect story starter for early-elementary children as they begin to explore narrative, either by using one of the girl's creations in the story or by coming up with their own way of turning the line into a plaything. The art concept could also be extended by having children draw their ideas. This book makes a great choice for working on visual literacy with pre-readers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love wordless picture books. There is something about relying on great artwork to tell an entire story that makes me happy. The illustrations in The Line are simple in design and color scheme, yet still deliver all the information needed to tell a sweet story. The book is so cute. I love the artwork, I love the story, and I love the brilliant way the artist delivered them both.
I have to draw the line on this book....it is an amazing book for the author's debut launch. It is full of imagination and fun and kids will really relate to the illustrations as they are simple, childlike and imperfect, but in a good way. The colour palette is three: red, white and black and the scribbly colouring could be any child's masterpiece. The main character is a small girl with a Pinocchio nose who stumbles across a random line. She picks it up, gives it a shake and wonderful, magical things start to happen. She finds she can turn it into a slide to play on, whip it into a hoop that she can crawl inside of and spin or even use it as a bubble blower to create monkey bars and a monkey companion to hang with. An audience transforms to watch and applaud her antics. The audience unfortunately morphs into a scary beast that brings a tear to the little girl's eye but miraculously she is rescued by a gentle line- teddy bear which earns him a hug as she finds herself safe and happy once again. There is a surprise waiting for the reader at the end of the book...a little twist that will bring you a smile. You will have fun trying to figure out who this surprise is and the motive behind the actions taken, but that is all good, because being a wordless picture book, as this one is, you can become the narrator of the story and you can use your imagination to answer any questions that may arise. The book was originally published in Mexico and it truly is a book that celebrates childhood and having fun in the purest sense. I loved the book and highly recommend it.