How Long Is a Piece Of String By Madeleine Meyer
Published by Windy Hollows Books
Woof, woof. A little boy, fast asleep in his bed awakens. Out the window he hops, while the moon is sleeping overhead, to find the most enormous ball of string.
Paw prints he spots and off he trots, taking the end of the twine with him. Journey he does, until the sun awakens, past a fantastical castle, over a mountain, and into a forest where he meets some magical beats. It seems they want to play, but the little boy is not deterred. Continue he does, following the footprints until the sun sets, and he finds what he longs for. His dog.
Onto a magical fish he hops, flying, across the sky, past his magical beast friends, over the mountains, beyond the castle, all the way home. As the moon pokes up her head, boy + dog, rewind the twine, take a bath, and go back to bed.
In this stunning wordless picture book, Madeleine Meyer will certainly captivate readers with her magical journey. The concept is so simple, and the execution is exquisite. I suspect Ms Meyer may have studied under the likes of Maurice Sendak, as the illustrations have a certain “Where The Wild Things Are” similarity to them. I had to study this book quite a few times, to really grasp the entirety of the world-less story, but that is the whole point. With each opening of this book, children will find a new details, enabling them to focus on the story in a unique way each time.
As wordless picture books become more and more popular, this is certainly a clever read that I believe will appeal to all ages.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author & Illustrator: Madeleine Meyer
Title: How Long Is a Piece of String
Publisher: Windy Hollow Books
Published: July 2014