Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mirror by Suzy Lee

Simple. Stunning. Fun. Those words describe Mirror, Suzy Lee's newest picture book. In this wordless picture book, a young girl playfully plays with her own reflection in a mirror. She dances and makes funny faces until she gets a little too excited and...

I'm not going to spoil the ending for you, but it has the same surprise effect as the wave that washes over the little girl in her other book, Wave.

I love both of these books because they're not overdone as you see in a lot of children's books. The images speak for themselves without needing words, and both effectively present the playfulness of childhood.You can imagine any child playing with a wave or playing with a mirror, and kids will want to keep turning the page to see what happens next.

The illustrations in Mirror are simple, yet full of life and expression in the little girl's body language. The black and white drawings are brightened up with the splash of yellow that's the little girl's dress, and the placement of the mirror on one side of the fold and the girl on the other creates the perfect format for flipping through this book.

I love wordless picture books because they're appropriate for kids with different reading abilities, they can be enjoyed by families who speak different languages, and they can help develop a child's imagination.

I can't recommend this book enough.

Watch a slideshow for a sneak peek.

Publisher: Seven Footer Press (May 1, 2010) | ISBN: 978-1934734391 | Source: Review copy from publisher 

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  1. I loved Wave so I can't wait to get hold of this one!

  2. Wah! I didn't realize this book was out already... I can't wait to see it!