Author: Lam, Thao
A wordless picture book about an imaginary world behind the walls. The story of a young girl whose family moves into a new house. Outside, she can hear other kids playing, but she's too shy to say hello. So she picks at the old wallpaper in her room--revealing an entryway to a fantastic imaginary adventure behind the walls.
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/01/2018 In this creative, wordless picture book, Lam (Skunk on a String, 2016) introduces a sad young girl sitting in her bedroom surrounded by moving boxes. Outside, children play in a tree house, but she is too shy to join them. Instead, she picks at her wallpaper, revealing layers that draw her inside, where she passes through a jungle, a pond, and a herd of art-deco sheep. Pursued by a toothy, three-eyed monster, she is frightened until she realizes he is only looking for a friend. Lam’s exquisite paper-collage illustrations employ a wide range of patterns and textures and use distinctive color schemes for each imaginary world. Jungle scenes feature green foliage, pink flora, and yellow birds, while the midnight-blue pond is filled with emerald frogs and fuchsia-flowered lily pads. The use of graphic-novel-style panels enables greater story detail, and camouflaged characters from previous layers link past and future scenes. Following a stop on the rainbow layer, the child leaves her fantasies, restored and ready to meet real kids. Satisfying visually, narratively, and emotionally. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.