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The Flower

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4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  69 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Brigg lives in a small, grey room in a large, grey city. When he finds a book in the library labelled 'Do Not Read', he cannot resist taking it home. In it, he comes upon pictures of bright, vibrant objects called flowers. He cannot find flowers anywhere in the city, but stumbles instead on a packet of seeds. This sets off a chain of events which bring about unexpected ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Child's Play International (first published April 1st 2006)
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Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)
I'm not quite sure when Bleak Dystopian Futures became a picture book genre, but it's here. This is actually quite a nice example of it. Brigg lives in a small room in the big city, and works in the library where dangerous books are stored. One day he finds the most dangerous book of all, the one marked do not read. This dangerous book tells Brigg about flowers, with the beautiful shapes and colours. Of course Brigg seeks out flowers in his bleak, colourless world. Gorgeous illustrations really ...more
Ibtihaj Al Harthi
Aug 04, 2016 Ibtihaj Al Harthi rated it really liked it
يحكي الكتاب قصة طفل صغير، بْرِج، وسعيه لزرع وردة صغيرة في وسط المدينة الرمادية، الكتاب مرسوم بحساسية بالغة من قبل ليزا إيفانز باستخدام خامة الفحم للأماكن الرمادية في المدينة واللون الوردي للأماكن التي لا تغص بالمباني وتمتليء بالورود الطبيعية، هذا التناقض في اللونين وأسلوب الرسم أعطى الكتاب جمالية بصرية بالغة اتحدت مع نص الكتاب الجميل أساسًا لتخرج بعمل بالغ الحساسية والجمال.
Louize
Dec 20, 2010 Louize rated it it was amazing
Love the pictures, it simply compliments the equally lovely story.
Polenth Blake
Brigg is a child living in a grey city. He works at the library, where he finds a book he isn't supposed to read. It's filled with pictures of flowers, which he hasn't seen before. If only he could find a flower in the city.

Dystopian futures are tricky to condense for picture books, as there's not a lot of space to explain what's going on, and early readers may not be familiar with the tropes of the genre. This book does a good job of tackling that issue. There are many small details, like Brigg
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Hannah Wolf
Oct 29, 2014 Hannah Wolf rated it it was ok
This story was about a boy who lives in a town without color. Every day he seems to go unnoticed in this black and white world. One day he is at the library and he finds a book that says "do not read", so of course he takes it home. In the book their was a beautiful picture of a flower and Brigg was amazed by it. In the back of the book their were seeds. Brigg then scoops up dust from around town and plants the seeds in a mug and pours water into it. A few days past and the beautiful flower ...more
Lindsay Fischer
Nov 06, 2014 Lindsay Fischer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the very few dystopian picture books, "The Flower", shows a little boy named Brigg living in a corrupt world. Everyone in the world looks the same and acts the same. Brigg is different, he doesn't walk the same way the people in his town do. One day he discovers a book with a flower and that leads him on a journey to finding his own flower. He experiences the beauty and colorfulness of the plant, but it is quickly taken away. He searches for the plant and vows to fill the city with them. ...more
Selina
Nov 06, 2014 Selina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Flower is a picture book that falls in the genre dystopia. The book is about young man who works in a library and one day finds a book that says Do Not Read on it but he takes it anyways. It has a picture of a big flower. He sets out all over town to find a flower; he finds seeds and plants a flower. Until one day he comes home and his entire flower are sucked up out of his room. He eventually finds more flowers because all his flowers made more flowers.

The flower in this story I think repr
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Chance Murray
Oct 28, 2014 Chance Murray rated it really liked it
Book Review: The Flower
“The Flower”, by John Light was a very interesting book to read. This book is great for children around the age of 7-8 to partake in. The picture book describes this child that works at a library, (which is awkward and will stand out to children why he isn’t in school). The young child lives in a very dull and black-and-white city that never experiences any type of excitement or color. One day at work at the library he sees a section of books that stand out to him that ha
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Bao Chau
Oct 29, 2014 Bao Chau rated it it was amazing
this book is dystopian genre. it was about the little boy around 10 years old name Brigg work at the library. in this book, the world is very different compare to our world. it was very simple, plan and boring. everyone dress in uniform and work everyday. the city have no plant, it only have electricity things. even in the room that Brigg live in was very boring too. its very plan just a bed, sink and the clean machine on top of the room. its feel like this city is a assembly or factory with all ...more
Julia
Nov 06, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this dystopian picture book was very interesting. The main character is a young boy who is just going about his daily routine, when he stumbles upon a book at the library that said 'do not read'. He took it and sees that the book is about flowers-something that he has never seen in his very muted and clean world. He then stumbles upon seeds at a store. He plants them and the story continues from there.
The illustrations were all in very muted colors such as black, white, and brown. Howe
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Rachel
Oct 12, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This picture book by John Light is about how a boy named Brigg who lives in a big dark city.He lives in a samll apartenent and everyday goes to work in a library.One day he finds a shelf of "dangerous" books.He smuggles one of them to his apartement and reads it finding pictures of flowers and things that are long gone.Fasinated he searches everywhere fo a flower and finds a bag of seeds in a junk store.He planted it and it grows.But one day the the flower gets sucked up into the vacume cleaner ...more
Elfdart
Jul 13, 2010 Elfdart rated it it was amazing
this is a story about a boy who lives in a concrete world, then one day he’s reading a book and he sees a picture of a flower. he’s amazed by the picture and i can’t remember if he asks someone about it or he takes it home himself to look at, but he ends up at the tiny pedlar shop where he sees a picture of a flower and asks the man about it. the boy is told that this is a packet of seeds, so the boy buys it and follows the directions on the back and soon a sprout comes up out of the pot he’s ...more
Fatuma Ntalo
May 24, 2015 Fatuma Ntalo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is an intriguing book about a boy Brigg who is different from every body else in his city.The city is dull and Brigg wants to brighten it up with some colour. He goes to the library every day and one day , he notices a book on the far end of the shelf glowing! When he reaches for it , the book says ,'dangerous book, do not read'. He is compelled to open and read it secretly under his beddings and he finds the answer to his predicament,'flowers'.
Year 2s loved this text especially for guided re
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Anthony (uel)
May 01, 2014 Anthony (uel) rated it it was amazing
There are only 2 things worth watching on itv the first is champions league football and the second is on their website of signed stories using BSL. http://www.signedstories.com/
There is a range of books to use and an app for ipad too. The flower is illustrated in an interesting and contemporary way it is about a boy and how his own life changes when he finds a book that he should not read despite working in a library. Even if you don't have any children in your class signing it would be an int
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The Styling Librarian
The Flower by John Light, illustrated by Lisa Evans - Wow. Have you ever walked by a book and have it catch your eye, again and again until finally when you have a moment you walk over and grab it? I encountered The Flower today and was drawn to it over and over. it has such power: hope, inspiration, libraries, book power, and more... just loved how this story was presented- text and illustration were combined in a perfect balance. - Australian title, sorry to those who cannot get their hands on ...more
Holly
Dec 26, 2015 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story that I will read over and over. Like the book in this story, The Flower has lay on my shelf collecting dust for nearly a year. I regret not picking this up sooner, and it has definitely reminded me of the magic of children's books.

The Flower may have only taken me five minutes to read, but it's thoughts and ideas will stay with me for a long time to come.
Sarah Henchey
Jul 31, 2016 Sarah Henchey rated it it was amazing
A book that demonstrates the power of reading as well as the power of freedom. The basics of the text are accessible (although maybe a bit abstract) for younger students while the greater complexity and message are better suited for older students - especially those studying restrictive governments/censorship.
Yarb
Jul 25, 2016 Yarb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, kids-books
When you take a child's first dystopia, and add a bucketload of nuance and understated emotion, a smidgen of spicy humour, and heartfelt, original artwork, what you get is this utter gem of a book. Definitely worth buying.
Colona Public Library
Not often do you read a children's dystopian book that's displayed in just a few pages. It's got a bland and somewhat creepy drawing style that is greeted with burst of beauty and color when the first flower is grown! ~Ashley
Marcia
Feb 18, 2014 Marcia rated it really liked it
A strangely odd, yet visually attractive picture book set in a gray dystopian world. Not a strong story but more atmospheric fable. I'll add this to a display of YA dystopian novels.
Jami
Jun 22, 2009 Jami rated it really liked it
Shelves: bedtime-stories
dark and gloomy and artfully done but also, surprisingly captivating and uplifting. I didn't think my girls would like it but they did.
Den
Jan 26, 2016 Den rated it liked it
Shelves: children, 2016
I am a bit undecided what I make of this book, so will read it a few more times before I write the review
Viola
Viola rated it really liked it
Jan 19, 2016
Karrina
Mar 25, 2013 Karrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kiddies-books
Gorgeous book, thoughtful story, great for children and adults alike
Anna [Floanne]
Anna [Floanne] rated it really liked it
Jan 01, 2016
Gamma Neal
Gamma Neal rated it it was amazing
Dec 25, 2015
Crystal
Crystal rated it liked it
Jul 15, 2013
Miss R Milner-Lunt
Miss R Milner-Lunt rated it liked it
Aug 23, 2016
Kathryn Pike
May 15, 2013 Kathryn Pike rated it it was amazing
100% beautiful.
Paige
Paige rated it really liked it
May 04, 2010
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