A little boy gets dropped off at his grandfather’s house. He doesn’t seem very happy to be there with his grandfather. Even though there is very little writing, we see through the illustrations that Grandpa and the boy speak different languages, eat different food, and the boy doesn’t like the same TV shows as his Grandpa. The boy gets out his sketchbook with colored markers, and Grandpa joins him with his own sketchbook but uses just black ink and a paintbrush. They both start to draw together, and the pages start to show their drawn story, both with their own techniques. Drawing together makes them happy and brings them closer together. When the little boy leaves, he is happy with the time that he has spent with his grandfather.
When I flipped through the pages of Drawn Together, I wasn’t quite sure how good it would be because there isn’t much writing. It is the illustrations that make this book come to life. With the illustrations, we see that the two speak a different language, that they are not quite happy to spend time together and don’t have anything in common. When the boy and Grandpa are drawing, the illustrations show their two different drawing styles and the story coming together. I ended up really loving reading Drawn Together. I love the feeling you get from just the illustrations. I love spending time with my Yaya, and I am glad that this little boy formed a bond and loves his time drawing with his grandfather. I would recommend Drawn Together to kids who like to look at picture books. I think this is also a good book for teachers to use to show how important illustrations can be in a story.
|Author||Minh Lê • Dan Santat, Illustrator|
|Page Count||40 pages|
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