As a general rule, I am opposed to wordless children’s books. It’s not that I don’t love creative storytelling- I’ll often make up a short story along with whatever bedtime story I read- it’s that I feel put on the spot when I open a book to solid illustrations and no story. I know, I know, there are renowned wordless books out there. They’re just not for me.
But here I throw up my hands. I was wrong. I see the error of my ways. Today’s book is both wordless (ack!) and an alphabet book (whaaa?).
A Long Piece of String, drawn by graphic designer William Wondriska, was originally published in 1963 and was re-released in 2010. I love a good vintage reprinting.
Much like the Follow the Line books, we simply follow the string from page to page. It wraps around something on each page and keeps going on to the next.
Here’s the kicker: each thing the string wraps around? Yup. Alphabetical. Each simple but bold red graphic goes in order, from alligator (of course) to zipper (what else?) but with a few surprises thrown in. In fact, realizing that there was even an alphabetical theme was a surprise. I just bought it because I thought the illustrations were so gorgeous- but my children were both delighted to realize that there was a relationship between the pictures.
What books do you try to stay away from? Have you found yourself pleasantly surprised by being in the wrong?
And don’t forget you can buy the book here!