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Birdsong : a story In pictures /

by Sturm, James.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Toon Books, [2016]Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 17 x 24 cm.ISBN: 9781935179948; 1935179942.Subject(s): Graphic novels | Conduct of life -- Fiction | Monkeys -- Fiction | Shapeshifting -- Fiction | Stories without words | Graphic novelsSummary: "The wordless adventure of two children whose misdeeds are punished when they're transformed into monkeys. In the tradition of kamishibai, or Japanese paper theater, the wordless format gives freedom to the readers to tell the story as they see it"-- Provided by publisher.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Bring the thrilling story of one red bird to life. When an innocent bird meets two cruel kids, their world is forever changed. But exactly how that change unfolds is up to you, in the tradition of Kamishibai--Japanese paper theater. The wordless story by master cartoonist James Sturm is like a haiku--the elegant images leave space for children to inhabit this timeless tale--and make it their own, leading them to learn an ultimate lesson they'll never forget.

James Sturm is the author of several books for kids including the Adventures in Cartooning series (with Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost) and the forthcoming Ape and Armadillo . James also helped start a college for cartoonists, The Center for Cartoon Studies, in the small railroad village of White River Junction, Vermont.

"The wordless adventure of two children whose misdeeds are punished when they're transformed into monkeys. In the tradition of kamishibai, or Japanese paper theater, the wordless format gives freedom to the readers to tell the story as they see it"-- Provided by publisher.

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Horn Book Review

Sturm (Adventures in Cartooning) delivers a complex wordless narrative inspired by kamishibai, Japanese paper theater. The first two images are double-page spreads, the first featuring a single red bird in flight above a far-off mountain, while in the second, a pair of stick-wielding children maraud through a lakeside forest. From this point forward (save the final spread) only the recto pages of the book feature narrative images, leaving the verso pages essentially blank (excluding pagination and a series of decorative tree branches). This poetic employment of white space reminds readers that there are no words here -- create your own, and thus actively provides a call for discourse. The plot unfolds quickly when the two children, after terrorizing the local wildlife (including the aforementioned red bird), are transformed into monkeys by an angry mountain wizard. They are chased by a tiger, captured by medieval-looking huntsmen, and forced to perform in a fleabag traveling circus; finally, they return to the forest to start anew -- with one transformation, perhaps, left to complete. While the book is skillfully hand-inked and emotively colored, some readers may be unsettled by the malleable narrative style and the ambiguous conclusion; others may revel in the unknown. Back matter includes a brief history of kamishibai, an author's note, and a list of further resources. patrick gall (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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