David Wiesner’s work has always been a magical and whimsical wonder. In the author notes on this one, he mentions moving into unfamiliar territory – graphic novels – to grow as an artist. I’m not sure why I didn’t expect this earlier, because this guy doesn’t even need words to tell a story beautifully. Tuesday is one of my favorite picture books ever, and is one of the few author-signed books on my shelf, thanks to a family member who went to an ALA meeting several years ago.
Here, though, with Donna Jo Napoli (another wonder of storytelling), his genius rises to a whole new level. The detail and movement in his art is perfect for the story, and it’s still magical and whimsical. A girl without a name becomes a miracle. Friendships grow on many levels. We see smart girls and difficult choices and danger. The innocent are protected and an evil is overcome.
More, more, more.
Fish Girl by David Wiesner & Donna Jo Napoli