Author/Illustrator: Barbara Lehman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A girl finds a red book buried in a snowdrift and takes it along with her to school. When she opens it, she finds this red book is magic. It shows people and places across the world. Even better, it opens the doors to a delightful new friendship.
The Red Book was a delightful find. It’s completely wordless, yet is exquisitely expressive, living on the borderline between a graphic novel and a children’s picture book. The bold, dark outlines are reminiscent of graphic novels, solid and dynamic. But the coloring is done in a soft watercolor, and the pictures themselves are really cute. I love Lehman’s art style and color palette! The story itself is surprising but fun, simple yet imaginative. I would definitely recommend The Red Book, especially for imaginative kids who enjoy books with lots of pictures.