Friday, January 19, 2018

'Wallpaper" - a bookwrap


Created by Thao Lam

Ages:  4-7
Grade Level:  PS-3

Unwrapping some fabulous illustrations 

About the book

This beautiful wordless picture book is the epitome of talent - starring Thao Lam's signature paper collage style illustrations. 

A shy young girl moves into a new home, and being new, doesn't know any of the kids in her neighbourhood.  She can hear them chatting and playing outside her window but she is too shy and apprehensive to go outside and meet them.  

She feels so lonely and sad.  She retreats to her room and idly starts scratching away at her wallpaper.  As the tear gets bigger she discovers a portal into a magical world of strange characters and exciting adventures. 

 While visiting there she interacts with flying birds, frogs splashing about in their pond, and a flock of funky looking sheep.  Then the unthinkable happens... she finds herself in danger (or so she imagines) by an alien-like monster who starts chasing her.  Oh my!  She is very frightened and runs to get away from him.  Then it dons on her that he is not threatening her at all but only wants to befriend her.  She does an about turn and bravely approaches him and says "hello!"  Thereafter they romp and interact and have a wonderful happy playtime together. 

When she returns to her reality in her bedroom she discovers she has been emboldened by the wallpaper encounters and with a courageous heart she approaches the kids outdoors and says, "hello!"

This book is perfect to share and discuss.  It will encourage and inspire kids to overcome their fears, overpower obstacles and step out into life and say "hello!"  The illustrations are truly amazing and I love the interaction between the little girl's imagination and her reality.   "Wallpaper" is creative on so many levels and a book I  highly recommend.  

Storywraps Rating ...  5+++ HUGS!!!!!

Introducing the author/illustrator

Thao Lam has been creating pictures for as long as she can remember. For her, drawing has always felt as natural as breathing. She has an insatiable love for coloured and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages.

Passionate about children’s books, Thao is especially interested in visual storytelling. She draws inspiration from the stories she hears, from the beauty in everyday things, and from the work of the many illustrators she admires. As an art buyer for an educational publishing company, she has the opportunity to work with thousands of different artists from all around the world.

Since studying illustration for three years at Sheridan College in Toronto, Thao has developed her dual careers of illustrating and art buying. Her art works have appeared in publications such as Cricket and Highlight magazines. In 2008, she won the Highlights Five Pewter Plate award for verse illustration of the year. She has twice been chosen for the American Illustration Awards.

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