Lines, by Suzy Lee, is a simple and elegant children’s book. The book starts as blank white paper. And then whoosh! An ice skater skates across the page, leaving only the trail of a skate while the youth is followed by a shadow. The kid twists and turns until nearly half of the page is covered with a solid pencil’s spirals.
Later, the page gets torn and the child falls. Then another kid falls and another slides and another glides. He gets back up and sees lots of kids skating and falling and getting back up again. At first he is disappointed, but then he or she sees other kids getting back up again who have fallen. So the child gets up.
Although this book didn’t have much of a plot, I think this is an adorable book. I can’t tell if any of the characters are girls or boys. I think Suzy Lee did this on purpose to avoid stereotypes.
I think Ms. Lee was trying to make a point, but I am not very sure what that point was. I have two assumptions about what point Suzy was trying to make. The first one is to never give up. The child fell down but got up again and had more fun. The second is one that I don’t think most kids would see: humans are so creative that they can make a story with something as simple as a pencil.
I think Lines would be most intriguing for children between the ages three and five with an interest in drawing. I think that this book is boring but pretty.