Review: Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith (art)

Toll gemacht! Ich freue mich immer, wenn ich so kleine Perlen finde – wie dieses hier bei

The Book Wars


Hardcover, 32 pages
Expected publication: March 17th 2015 by Groundwood Books
Source: Publisher

Sidewalk Flowers follows in the wordless tradition of The Arrival by Shaun Tan by setting forth for the reader a narrative unencumbered by words. The premise is simple enough: a little girl is out on an errand with her father. They walk through the city, stopping to peruse through shops and knick knacks and the little girl picks whatever flowers (or weeds as adults would call them) she comes across on their track. Once she has picked enough flowers, she starts bestowing them on different animals and people.

The art is initially done in black and white with colours set aside for the little girl who wears a red hood (more on this later), the flowers she picks, and little things that catch her attention. Then as the girl gets nearer to home and her neighbourhood, the…

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