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Author: Yi, Chi-hyon
In this book without words, a boy opens a door and invites the reader to explore the magical world on the other side.
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2018 PreS-Gr 3—In a dreary world of black and white, a young boy finds a mysterious key and follows a colorful insect through a door to a brave new world full of color and possibility. Though tentative at first, the boy soon meets many unconventional creatures that welcome him with open arms. Their language may be different, but it becomes clear that kindness and open-mindedness are universal and contagious. As the boy works his way through the new world, the illustrations gradually shift from the black and white of his home to the vibrant colors of this new world. Once the first door is opened, there are endless doors and possibilities awaiting. In the end, the boy returns home in full color, leaving the magic door open behind him. As in Lee's debut wordless picture book, Pool, the artist continues to push the boundaries of what a picture book can be. Her light and airy illustrations, made from a combination of colored pencils and lead pencils, ignite the imagination of young readers. Like Pool, this book celebrates the spirit of curiosity and imagination, and showcases the unlimited possibilities that arise when one is willing to encounter the unknown. Lee's message is lasting: in order to begin to live in mutual understanding and harmony, all you have to do is open the door. VERDICT A unique take on meaningful themes of open-mindedness and inclusion make this an instant classic.—Elizabeth Blake, Brooklyn Public Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 07/01/2019 As in Pool (2015), Door depicts a child living in a black-and-white world who discovers a fantastical, more colorful existence. The book opens with a boy finding a key on the ground and a strange-looking insect who leads him past a grumpy-looking population. Eventually, the boy finds an old door, which the key unlocks, and he enters a new realm rendered in a cheerful pastel palette, where he meets strange fantasy creatures who resemble pigs, rabbits, bears, and birds in old-fashioned human clothes and who walk upright and speak an unknown language. Squiggles and punctuation convey some meaning, but the detailed illustrations carry the narrative thread. Most notably, the creatures he encounters are friendly and invite him to share their food and fun. The idea of acceptance is demonstrated by the welcome they give the boy and a wedding celebration he attends, when the happy couple and their friends and family all look different from each other. As the boy returns home, he leaves the door unlocked. In opening himself to possibilities, he has discovered a new direction. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.