I was supposed to participate at Novel Publicity's review tour for Silent Words by Chantal Fournier (Author) and Nicolas Lajeunesse (Illustrator), but did not manage doing that. Since I really loved the book, I am posting the review today.
Title: Silent Words
Authors: Chantal Fournier and Nicolas Lajeunesse
Published by: Evolved Publishing LLC
Publishing date: 21st of October 2013
Pages: 62 pages
Source: Received from Novel Publicity in exchange for an honest review
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Zelda loves to talk. She always asks a million questions and her head is full of words like apple, bunny, cartwheel and dwizzledoodle. But when a sudden storm turns Zelda’s world upside down, all her words go silent. Zelda must embark on a quest across mountains, forests and oceans to find her parents—and her voice. This moving tale about loss and hope will tug at your heartstrings. Author Chantal Fournier’s poetic storytelling style and illustrator Nicolas Lajeunesse’s evocative artwork combine to create a poignant story in which a child discovers comfort in the power of words.
This book is great!
I do have a kid at home, which means I do read children's literature quite a lot. Even though the book is in English and my son is not a native English speaker, I decided to read it together with my 7-year old boy. It was quite an experience and let me tell you why.
This wonderful book tells us a story about Zelda, a girl who is excellent with words... until a storm takes away her parents. Zelda and her grandmother search for Zelda's parents, but without any success. The words start to gather in a cloud above Zelda's head and when the time comes that the cloud is too big to be in the house, Zelda decides to take a journey to find her parents.
Silent Words is a book about grief, about not being able to express your sorrow. It is sad, yet beautiful and leaves you with the feeling of hope.
The illustrations were in my opinion beautiful and supported the written text wonderfully. They are modern, simple and appealing, also for kids.
My 7 year old boy loved the story as much I did, but the reactions to it were very different. He smiled when I was teared up, he cried when I felt hope. It's exactly how a good children's book is, it is multidimensional and influences kids and grown ups differently. My kid was asking a lot of questions about being sad, losing the parents, even about death and what comes after that. He also showed lots of empathy towards Zelda, telling me, that he understands why she can't speak and why she is sad. I was glad, that I shared the experience of this book with my son, because it helped us discussing topics which might be difficult for kids to comprehend. That's why I also think, that Silent Words is a book for older kids, especially if they are reading it alone. It raises questions which I think kids should be discussing with their parents.
I highly recommend Silent Words!
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Chantal Fournier (Author) Originally from a small-ish city not too far from Montreal, I now live in Toronto, Canada, after a long stint on the beautiful Canadian West Coast, where I taught French to university students. Silent Words, the story of a girl floating on a peculiar cloud, is my debut book. It is the fruit of a long collaboration with my artistic husband, Nicolas. Nicolas Lajeunesse (Illustrator) As the son of a sculptor and the grandson of a painter, art has always been a part of my life. After studying filmmaking in Montreal and working with my father for a few years, I left my French-Canadian roots and headed for the West Coast, where I discovered digital arts.
I live in Toronto, Canada, with my wife and family.
Thanks goes to Novel Publicity for providing me with the review copy!