Saturday, August 1, 2009

Leaf

Leaf
By Stephen Michael King
Roaring Book Press, 2009. Unpaged. Picture book.

In this simply illustrated wordless picture book, a little boy revels in nature and his great imagination and rebels against haircuts! He's so close to nature--perhaps a bit too close--that a little seed that drops on his head sprouts. When his mother finally tackles him and snips off his lovely sprout as well as his mop of hair, he mournfully transplants his leaf. Where it goes from there is something to be discovered through the illustrator's pictures.

A simple but charming little story, Leaf is a fun journey through the life of a seed and a boy. With whimsical, quirky illustrations reminiscent of Quentin Blake, the reader gets a special experience with only pictures and one's own imagination to fuel the story.

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