The Only Child

The Only Child

Book - 2015
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In this wordless story, a young girl traveling from her city apartment to her grandmother's country home becomes lost and enters a fantastical world in the clouds.
Publisher: New York : Random House Children's, 2015
New York : Random House Children's, 2015
ISBN: 9780553497045
Branch Call Number: JP GUOJING
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 29 cm


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LPL_MaryW Feb 06, 2020

Based on the author's experiences as an only child under China's one-child policy, The Only Child is a fantasy-laden tale of a lonely child's journey back home. The greatest gift that I received from this book was a reminder of the pure nature of animals, as demonstrated by the benevolent stag in this story. How safe, how warm. They deserve so much more from us.

ArapahoeLesley Feb 08, 2018

Just lovely and sweet.

Oct 26, 2017

Gorgeous and magical!

ArapahoeAmyG Feb 11, 2017

Such a beautiful book that tells such a sad, yet sweet, story. I often feel that wordless books are a bit hard to follow for kiddos, but this one gets the story across without any problem. Absolutely wonderful for both kids and adults.

bookgirlatDCL Jan 24, 2017

A beautifully illustrated graphic novel with no words but lots of emotion.

ArapahoeSteffen Nov 23, 2016

Review Pretty wordless picture book in black and white.
The little kid is a little too marshmallow-looking for my liking, but I liked the illustration when he/she grabbed the stag's lips.

Laura_X Oct 18, 2016

Beautiful. Dreamy. Emotive.

Apr 20, 2016

Great drawings, super emotional and dreamy!

CRRL_CraigG Mar 10, 2016

The pair travels into the clouds and sail across stars. They make friends and face dangerous obstacles. All of this is accentuated by the lush detail of our artist's pencil. The stag is a guardian of sorts for the young girl, entrusted to return her home safely.

Jan 16, 2016

Beautiful images.

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