Caramel has reviewed The Cookie Fiasco and Harold and Hog Pretend for Real! by Dan Santat before and enjoyed his quirky style. Today he reviews another book illustrated by Dan Santat: Drawn Together, written by Minh Le. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, tell me about this book.
Caramel: It is a very interesting book about this boy. He doesn’t really like his grandfather.
S: Or at least we know he doesn’t seem to enjoy spending time with him. Right?
S: Why is that?
C: He thinks that time with him is boring.
S: How so?
C: They eat different things. The boy is eating hot dog with mustard. and the grandfather is eating noodles and eggs.
S: So they are eating different things. But there is a bigger problem, right? Can they communicate?
C: No. They speak different languages.
S: Yes, the boy speaks English and the grandfather seems to only speak Thai. That might make things difficult, right?
S: You are lucky that you can communicate with your grandfather, but this boy’s grandfather seems to have difficulty speaking English. So they watch TV. How does that turn out?
C: The boy asks “Can we watch something else?” So he is bored.
S: Yes, so they don’t enjoy the same food and they don’t enjoy the same TV programs. That is sad a bit, right? You do like watching TV with your grandpa.
C: Yep, I sure do!
S: So the boy is staying with his grandfather and is bored because he cannot communicate with him and he doesn’t think they have anything in common. Then what happens?
C: The boy takes some crayons out of his backpack and starts drawing. Then the grandfather takes out a sketch pad and a brush. It looks old fashioned but he can draw amazing things with it.
S: Yes, the things he can draw are very intricate, very detailed, right?
C: Yes. And I am surprised that this book is illustrated by Dan Santat, because the drawings don’t look like the ones in his other books I reviewed: The Cookie Fiasco and Harold and Hog Pretend for Real!
S: Well, that shows that he is a versatile illustrator, right? He can draw things in many different styles.
C: Yes, he can draw amazing things! He draws awesome dragons!
S: Yes apparently Thai dragons, like Chinese and Japanese dragons, are magical and have super powers. We saw some impressive images on Google. And the dragons in this book are just as amazing!
C: Yes. And then the boy and his grandfather start making art together. And the boy has color but his grandfather’s brush is one color only. But when they paint together, they both have colors.
S: So what happens in the end?
C: They hug.
S: So even though they cannot communicate by talking …
C: They can communicate by hugging…
S: And by drawing! And when the boy’s mom comes to pick him up, it seems like the boy won’t be bored next time, right?
S: So did you like the book?
C: Yeah. It has bright colors and amazing drawings.
S: And a sweet story! So it is time to wrap up this review. What do you want to say Caramel?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunnies adventures!