Author/Illustrator: Molly Bang
The Grey Lady is happily bringing a basket of strawberries home to her family. But she’s not the only one interested in her strawberries. A strawberry snatcher lurks behind her then leaps out to snatch her strawberries. . . . Only to find her taking off and leading the snatcher on a merry chase through the city and out into the woods beyond. If the snatcher wants her strawberries, he’ll not only have to grab them–he’ll have to find her first!
The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher was a very unexpected sort of picture book, but I’m very glad I read it. It is completely wordless, yet communicates a mischievous, surreal, and suspenseful tale quite clearly. The art is this surprising blend of parts that are left with just the plain, textured paper and parts that are painted in brilliant color and glorious detail. The unpainted parts add a really unique hide-and-seek element that is a lot of fun. Bang’s time spent living outside the U. S. is reflected in her art in all sorts of intriguing ways as well. All in all, I’d say that The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher is a great picture book for all ages, especially for imaginative children who enjoy more visually-intense stories.