Reviewed by Cesar Garcia,
As a library page, I have the good fortune of handling and browsing many children’s books on a regular basis. I initially pay close attention to the artwork, typography, or clever titles, so in a way I tend to judge a book by its cover.
My first impression of the front cover of Float, by author-illustrator Daniel Miyares, immediately inspired a sense of childhood nostalgia. In essence, the cover art depicts the simple story of an imaginative young boy playing with a paper toy in a puddle. Upon flipping through the pages, I realized that I can best describe this as a picture book in its purest form. The sought-after simplicity this picture book achieves is due entirely to the artistic style, color palette, perspective, and pacing of the beautiful illustrations. The artwork manages to convey emotions and inspire imagination without a single word — a feat of visual storytelling!
Another highly recommended wordless picture book released last year is Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith.