Book Review: La La La

La, La, La (2017, Candlewick Press, Picture Book)

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From the publisher:

Conceived by Kate DiCamillo and featuring enchanting illustrations by Jaime Kim, this nearly wordless graphic story follows a little girl in search of a friend.

“La la la . . . la.” A little girl stands alone and sings, but hears no response. Gathering her courage and her curiosity, she skips farther out into the world, singing away to the trees and the pond and the reeds — but no song comes back to her. Day passes into night, and the girl dares to venture into the darkness toward the light of the moon, becoming more insistent in her singing, climbing as high as she can, but still there is silence in return. Dejected, she falls asleep on the ground, only to be awakened by an amazing sound. . . . She has been heard. At last. With the simplest of narratives and the near absence of words, Kate DiCamillo conveys a lonely child’s yearning for someone who understands. With a subtle palette and captivating expressiveness, Jaime Kim brings to life an endearing character and a transcendent landscape that invite readers along on an emotionally satisfying journey.

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Review:

La, La, La, written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Jaime Kim, is a beautiful, but slightly disappointing read. The illustrations and concept of the book are absolutely gorgeous. Parents and children will not be disappointed with the incredible artwork and the charming idea of a little girl who just wants to belong. What might disappoint, is the fact that the book consists of one word – “La”. Parents will have to use their imagination with this one as children are likely to have lots of questions about what is happening and demand more story from the pages. Recommended for parents who are ok with making up a story or who might enjoy just singing through this book with ones too young to care much for where the story is going or what it is about.

3.5 stars for the beautiful concept and illustrations


Thank you to Candlewick Press for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.