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Drawn Together

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When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens-with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.

With spare, direct text by Minh Lê and luminous illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, this sti
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
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David Schaafsma
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: art, picturebooks
Grandpa and boy can't communicate--language barrier, but one day Grandpa sees the kid drawing, he brings out some of his drawings, they draw together, and in the process become more closely "drawn together," heh.

One curious thing is that Le tells this story but does not draw it, making this fiction, I suspect. Caldecott medalist Dan Santat does the illustration, which happens in two styles, the boy's contemporary style comics and Grandpa's classically historical Asian illustration, which in the
Luanne Ollivier
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Drawn Together is a new children's picture book from author Minh Lê and illustrator Dan Santat.

Before Little Guy and Gramma turned the first page we talked about the images on the cover - what would we find inside. As well as the dual meaning of 'drawn'.

Who do you think the two people on the cover could be? What about the 'elf' with the wand be? And the 'scary' black and white character? The flyleaf has some crayon scribble illustrations that are so real, Little Guy thought someone had colored i
Chance Lee
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-it
Touching story about bridging a gap between ages, languages, and cultures.
Feb 07, 2018 added it
Shelves: picturebooks
So wonderful, this book about a grandparent, from the child's point of view*. Lovely concept from Minh Le, and Dan Santat has truly outdone himself with these illustrations.

*Pair with Nana in the City, by Lauren Castillo.
This book was remarkable. A young boy visits his aging grandfather who seems to have lost the ability to make conversation, but the boy soon discovers a new way of communication. My dad has vascular dementia and I find myself often in this same situation. I loved how the author was so delicate and respectful to this issue.
Anna Smithberger
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous book! I don’t think I could do it justice in storytime, so I’ll just have to talk it up to EVERYONE
Jillian Heise
Holy both story & illustrations. This is a must-read/must-share picture book about family, communication, bravery, and love. Preorder it now - I'll already call it as one of the best picture books of 2018. I can't wait to share it with kids.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! With few words, this children’s book shows us the power of unspoken language. I loved how the novel came alive, as each of the characters grabbed their choice of writing instruments to draw and to connect to each other. The years faded between the grandfather and his grandson as they sketched and united on paper.

Mother dropped her son off at her father’s house and immediately you can sense the dread the boy feels as he trudged up to his grandfather’s door. Grandfather is excited to see his
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: preschool-grade 2
A grade school age boy is dropped off at his Grandfather's house for a habitual visit. Although the grandpa greets him with a big smile, the boy appears slightly annoyed and downcast. As they sit down for dinner with radically different dishes, the reader finds out that the Grandpa doesn't speak English and the boy doesn't speak Vietnamese. As the day/weekend progress and the communication barrier grows, the boy pulls out his drawing supplies with a smile and creates a wizard version of himself. ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
*Note: My review is based on a galley so there maybe some changes before it goes to print.

This is fabulous! Ever the masterful artist, Dan Santat once again lends his talented hands to a picture book chock-full of detailed, colorful, terrific illustrations that perfectly complement the text. The story itself is timeless. Two generations, a grandfather and his grandson, with seemingly little in common genetics aside. But the pen truly is mighty for through their shared affinity for drawing the pa
Emma Andje
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Because of their inability to converse with each other, a boy and his grandfather are sure that they will spend their day together quietly apart. However, when the boy begins to draw, the grandfather finds a way to communicate with his grandson: through picutres! The pair spends their day creating a story that combines their artistic styles and cultures, showing that art can transcend the language barrier between them. Drawn Together gorgeously illustrates how one can build a relationship withou ...more
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When language becomes a barrier, even in families where the newer generation was not raised with their family's native language, the boy and his grandfather find common ground through illustration creating vivid, three dimensional worlds that leave them closer than they were when they were eating separate foods, speaking separate languages, enjoying separate things.

The sentimentality of the grandparent/grandchild connection is just as important as it's diversity in characters.
A young boy and his grandfather have difficulty communicating (whether that's a language barrier or just a generational one is ambiguous, but likely intentionally) but find drawing as their means of connecting with each other. A story with a beautiful message and equally beautiful illustrations. I could see this one being in Caldecott contention. My only criticism is that I found the middle of the story a little muddled and confusing, but the ending was absolutely stellar.
Julie Kirchner
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t wait for this picture book! Minh Le and Dan Santat have created a beautiful masterpiece in both words and pictures. This is an amazing story of a boy and his grandfather spending the day together. Their language barrier comes crashing down when they share their love of drawing and creativity. The power of art cannot be underestimated! Loved this book.
Kris Dersch
An absolutely gorgeous book...from story to illustrations. My 4-year-old was totally into it, it's totally going to make adults cry, a truly multigenerational book *many* people and families will relate to. All about bridging gaps, figuratively and literally and the power of art. Can't see this being a disappointment to anyone who picks it up.
Anna Martino
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poc, children
My friend just showed me this amazing picture book by Minh Le, Illustrated by Dan Santat. Beautiful story about a young Thai boy, who discovered a way to connect with this grandfather, who doesn't speak English, through drawing. It made me cry just now.
You can watch Dan Santat speak about the process here
Marjorie Ingall
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-4-8
A lovely depiction of cross-generational communication through the joy of making art. Dan Santat's illustrations are confident, funny, and informed by both pop culture and Thai folklore (not that you need to know this to appreciate the book). I looked at the title page and noticed that the book is set in Danvetica; that's pretty boss, having your own font, Dan Santat.

A sweet book for grandparents and kids to enjoy together.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yesterday, June 17, 2018, the third Sunday in June, was celebrated as Father's Day around the world. It is a time to honor and remember those who have figured prominently in our lives. Of my dad the memories are abundant. Not a day passes without something he said or did coming to mind. Of my two grandfathers I have much less. These two necklaces, more than one hundred years old, and a rattle he made for my mom are all I have to remember my mother's father. Mom believed he might have been Native ...more
This is a great book about how regardless of your language, nationality, style, age, or whatever somethings extend across that divide. That it takes courage and work to move forward towards acceptance of one another.
Mrs. Krajewski
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everything about this book is beautiful.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me shivers.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A dazzling story about estrangement and connection through art making.
Liz Todd
Near wordless. In fact, I might have liked it better wordlessly. :)

Beautiful story of bonding and the power of artistic expression.
This gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. If you've ever struggled with communicating with someone you love in any way whatsoever, this will speak to you. Beautiful and meaningful.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was everything
Allison Wysong
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Very cute, I love the mixing of styles. I almost wish it was wordless though. The art feels strong enough to support it.
Meredith Spidel
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a precious, and important book! Thanks so much to @disneybooks for sending our way for review--we so love the heart of this book! Not to mention the gorgeous illustrations! #ad
Curse you, Santat, I find myself holding back tears... again... as I am overwhelmed by your illustrations.

Katie Dicesare
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Collaboration, bravery — I cried when Minh Le wrote —-we see each other for the first time. Fantastic!
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As expected, a gorgeous book with a wonderful message. Definitely a Caldecott contender.
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