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4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  254 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Stunning in its simplicity and grace, Mirror is visual tour-de-force that requires no words to tell its universal tale. Author and illustrator Suzy Lee masterfully creates a world where a little girl explores and dances — at first cautiously, later exuberantly — with her reflection in the mirror. When discord between the girl and her reflection surfaces, Lee's unforgettabl ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Seven Footer Press (first published January 1st 2003)
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43rd out of 183 books — 279 voters
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Jan 06, 2016 karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: kiddiwinx
my word…
when did picture books become so bleak??

i mean, i'm all for it, but sheeeeeesh this is one beautiful little soul-killer.

for your children.

and don't believe what it says up there, that Lee's unforgettable story provides a gentle reminder that our actions have consequences. i mean, this book doesn't have any words in it, but words still exist, right? and "gentle" means "soft," "tender," "gradual?" and not "you will never sleep again because of the implications this book will breed in yo
David Schaafsma
Jan 12, 2016 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it
A really fine silent picture book that uses a mirror, duh, and mirroring to tell its tale about a girl who looks into and dances in the mirror. I think of that Marx Bros scene with Groucho and Harpo making a mirrored scene, which at one point made me think this is about a relationship between two friends who work together, and then, sadly, (mid-sentence spoiler alert!) don't. It still could be that, really, or about identity, your seeing yourself and being in sync with yourself. . . and then not ...more
Lisa Vegan
Jan 21, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
I first didn’t know what to make of this wordless picture book, but as I read on, I became impressed.

The illustrations are truly lovely. All of the illustrations did a wonderful job of eliciting emotions; the first/last pictures touched me the most, but some of the ones in the middle were really fun and funny.

The story can be looked at as a simple one of a girl playing in front of a mirror, something with which all children (and all adults with memories of their childhoods) can identify. It can
An imaginative little girl dances joyfully and playfully with her mirror image. But what happens when the mirror image develops a mind of her own and no longer imitates the little girl, but does her own thing?

While I appreciate the premise of Mirror and like Suzy Lee's simplicity of illustration (wordless picture books that are too involved and ornate tend to distract and even sometimes rather confuse me), I really did not like the ending (rather sad, and potentially even creepy, especially sin
Nov 18, 2010 Nbkyouth rated it really liked it
E Lee
Very emotional wordless book. Sophisticated. Older kids can talk about what it makes them feel and what the girl(s) go through. Is the mirror image a metaphor for self? Friendship?

Probably only for older kids. I found it confusing,disturbing and nihilistic. AMF
Dec 27, 2010 Westerville rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, picture_book
"This is another wordless book from Suzy Lee (who also did Wave and Shadow), and it makes a fascinating use of book-as-object (the gutter is the mirror)." - Becky, Teen Librarian

Jun 06, 2011 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, art
This wordless picture book is a little thin on story, but I love Lee's drawing style.
May 24, 2013 Nafiza rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I found this relatively short, wordless, picture book to be amazing. The book is about a girl looking at herself in the mirror and the art is stark and somehow so earnest. It presents this fascinating concept of not just looking at yourself in the mirror but also recognizing the image in the mirror as yourself. What if the image isn’t you? Even though it looks like you, acts like you and seems like you? How do you know? And when you break the mirror, are you also shattering? Fascinating sequence ...more
Jan 27, 2012 Lindsey rated it really liked it
I like how Suzy Lee's books come full circle in the end. Her books are snapshots when the routine is changed for a split second.

All of her books require reflection. Why is the girl upset at the beginning of the book? Maybe because she has no one to play with? Then, she does. They get mad at each other. Then she is sad and alone again. The illustrations are gorgeous. I love the gray pencil/charcoal drawing with the bursts of color when something magical happens.
Nov 10, 2010 Gphatty rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, picture
Another fantastic wordless picture book from Lee. I really loved following the story, and, even though I was expecting some of the events in the tale, I was slightly confused as to what really happened. This will still be a great book for kids to tell the story with someone, but because it starts off so strong, I was expecting something more "clear." My own disappointment is probably the only reason I didn't give this 5 stars.
Sep 25, 2016 Chloe added it
This wordless picture book tells how a young girl fascinated by her reflection learns how her actions translate to the world. She dances in a mirror and learns how her actions are reflected in the eyes of others. As she does one thing the mirror may do another to display how her actions appear and she learns that all of her actions have consequences.
This book utilizes surrealism to act out the unrealistic occurrence of a rouge mirror. Black color is utilized throughout to portray a scary, depre
Nov 25, 2011 Randy rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Drawn to the cover and the size of the book, I picked this up while shopping for the Library.

I finished it quickly, as there are no words, and the story was so wonderful. It has so much potential to be used for inferring.

I recommend this to all those who are waiting to dance the dance that is inside of them.
Blayne Hendricks
A very dark and twisted tale about a girl and her reflection. This book has no words, so it leaves a lot up to the readers imagination. The story starts off with a girl learning about her reflection. She at first is friendly but timid of her reflection, and then somehow the images separate from each other and start to send a different message.
The illustrations are all that this book has. Since there is no text, the imagery takes up every single page. The illustrations are small and simple and i
Dec 23, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it
This is another wordless book from Suzy Lee (who also did Wave and Shadow), and it also makes a fascinating use of book-as-object (the gutter is the mirror). But the ending is a bit unpleasant, and there is a grammar mistake on the back cover copy.
Catarina Oak
May 07, 2014 Catarina Oak rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is sort of a graphic novel but more like a children's book.
It's basically simple drawings of a girl and it's very sad actually. The end remembered me of 1984.
Jun 25, 2010 Mohammad rated it it was amazing
Nicely done! My 2.5 year old son really enjoys this book. He can't get enough of looking at the pictures (great illustration).
Oct 25, 2010 Shelli rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
No words. Simple charcoal drawings tell a story of a young girls interest in her reflection in the mirror.
Jun 25, 2010 Huda rated it really liked it
Shelves: en-pic-books
It's only the mirror, which take out the sad feelings out of my body.
A "wise" wordless picture book.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Feb 12, 2011 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it really liked it
Wordless picture book. Simple but good to look closely at the development of the pictures.
Jul 09, 2010 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: wordless-books
Is it a Rorschach test? I'd love to read Esme Codell and Elizabeth Bird's thoughts on this book.
Apr 12, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A picture book with no words, and I LOVED it. The illustrations are so easy to follow, and you can just what the author means with the title mirror. I looked this book several times, and is perfect to show students that stories can be told without words at times. This is a perfect book to use to introduce how pictures alone can tell a story. It would be fun to use this book in groups to see just what interpretations each group has, or to allow the students to write the story for this little girl ...more
Natalia Ortega-Brown
Apr 02, 2011 Natalia Ortega-Brown rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Another amazing wordless book by Suzy Lee ( check out Shadow). Simple but memorable!
Jun 06, 2010 Kristin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, scary, k-2-shr, favorites
The most existential children's book. Wordless. Surreal. Perfect.
Aug 21, 2010 Jasmine rated it liked it
I'm really sorry I don't really understand this book
Apr 19, 2016 Mckinley rated it it was amazing
Fun. Great stances/expressions.
Oct 18, 2011 Phoebe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
It made me chuckle in the library. :D
Mar 11, 2016 Erika rated it did not like it
I rated this one star because I don't think kids would understand it, in fact I think some might find it kind of scary--if it were an adult book, I'd give it four stars, because the illustrations are creative and interesting. But if me (an adult) finds it kind of creepy, I think kids will, too.
Kevin Fanning
Jun 14, 2014 Kevin Fanning rated it liked it
NOT adding this just to pad out my yearly reading challenge numbers, just read it at the library and was like: Whoa. Kinda freaky. If you read this when you were little it would probably be one of those books that haunted you forever, like Bang Bang You're Dead is for me.
With fantastic artwork and an ending that shattered me, this is a picture book without words that is well worth several thousand.
A little girl interacts with her reflection, who may be more than she appears, only to get out of step and break more than formation.
Hollee Young
Apr 09, 2015 Hollee Young rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I liked this story. Sometimes it can be hard for me to grasp the concept of a book with no words in it. However, I feel like a grasped this story. I think this has a very powerful message for readers.
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Suzy Lee is an artist and illustrator, born in Seoul, Korea. She received her BFA in painting from Seoul National University and her MA in Book Arts from Camberwell College of Arts, London. Her books and paintings have won numerous international awards and have been featured in exhibitions worldwide.
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