25 February 2012

Chopsticks; Jessica Anthony

ChopsticksChopsticks by Jessica Anthony
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, this is a novel told in pictures and few words. The images range from tv screenshots to photos of items packed for a trip to postcards to drawings, each moving the story along. There's also a website and an app for those who want to experience the book digitally (a completely different reading experience than the print version).

The story is pretty simple: girl piano prodigy meets artistic immigrant boy, falls in love, loses her mind and... there's a spoiler I'll avoid. Ostensibly this is a quick read, but the detail on the pages (and the additional content in the app or online) make this well worth spending time on. It reminded me of the Griffen & Sabine books, in that there's so much more going on than a cursory glance can take in. The production is simply gorgeous.

ARC provided by publisher.

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