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4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  977 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
A dark attic. A light bulb. An imaginative little girl.

Internationally acclaimed artist Suzy Lee uses these simple elements to create a visual tour de force that perfectly captures the joy of creative play and celebrates the power of imagination. Stunning in their simplicity, Lee's illustrations, in just two shades of color, present an adventure that begins and ends with t
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Chronicle Books
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Imaginative, fun and full of movement, but much too convoluted and detailed for me (I like wordless picture books that are simple and uncluttered), Shadow actually somewhat strains my eyes and even my level of comprehension, as I tend to think in words, not images, and find too many visual images rather distracting and confusing. I can defnitely appreciate the little girl playing with shadows, making shadow puppets, having a whole and entire shadow puppet theatre so to speak, but would enjoy Sha ...more
Sep 13, 2010 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wordless-books
I'd love to spend ten minutes inside Suzy Lee's head.
Nov 06, 2010 Kelly rated it it was amazing
In 2008, Suzy Lee came out with a wonderful wordless picture book entitled WAVE, which I adored. And this year, Ms. Lee has a brand-new picture book that is mostly wordless. (The word "CLICK" appears twice, and the sentence "Dinner's Ready!" is in there.)
It is one of those weird books that opens top to bottom instead of left to right, which makes each page wider than it is tall. On the top half of each spread is a little girl in the real-world attic (I thought it was a garage, but the flap copy
Lisa Vegan
Jan 28, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Lee’s Wave & Mirror; fans of books showing children using their imaginations
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
I am really enjoying Suzy Lee's picture books. The pictures (these books are wordless or almost wordless) tell the stories, stories of a child imaginatively playing with everyday things, in her previous books, a Mirror and Waves, and now Shadows.

This book was more lighthearted than Mirror though not as joyous as Wave. I remember playing with all 3 of these things as a child and Lee captures well how a child plays and how a child thinks, and moves.

The illustrations are good, all in yellow and bl
Stauri Fish
H Suzy Lee καταφέρνει με εκπληκτικό τρόπο, να δημιουργήσει έντονα συναίσθημα και να βγάλει ιστορίες χωρίς λέξεις, μόνο μέσα από τις υπέροχες ζωγραφιές της.
Η Lee, συλλαμβάνει και απεικονίζει πολύ καλά την ιδέα στο πως ένα παιδί σκέφτεται, χρησιμοποιεί την φαντασία του, παίζει και κινείται όταν είναι μόνο του. Μας θυμίζει ξανά, το πως γεμίζαμε μόνοι μας το χρόνο όταν ήμασταν μικρές -οι.
Το Shadow είναι ένα από τα αγαπημένα μου βιβλία της, δείχνει κανείς θα έλεγε την όψη δυο κόσμων αυτού που βλέπ
Gianna Parisi
I give this book about a 2 and a 1/2. Simply because I do not think it can be used in a classroom. Reading the books by myself I was confused about what was going on up until the very end of the book. Shadow by Suzy Lee is about a girl in a dark room playing with shadows of objects. It was not clear that the girl was using her imagination. Through out the book there were shadows from nothing. I think it would have been clearer if it showed the girl using objects to make her imaginary world. I th ...more
I adore artist Suzy Lee's bold and innovative approach with Shadow. It's such a clever rethinking of how a book and pages can be used. There's also a charming narrative about a young girl playing. A really engaging book.
Chandra Fleenor
I had problems following the story but I think children will have an easier time with this book. Their imaginations are better and that is what this book is about, imagination. I would recommend using this book with children and using it as a way to get their imaginations working and that will help them with writing and reading.
Kate Hastings
Oct 05, 2010 Kate Hastings rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Grades Pre-K to 2. A girl's bedroom becomes a world of imagination in this wordless picture book. The black and white illustrations glimmer with yellow to indicate the girl's perception. Very creative and fun to read. Put this on your 2011 Caldecott short list! (except the author wasn't born and doesn't live in the USA-- so we can take it off the list. DARN!)
In a unique horizontal format, a wordless story is told as a little girl sees shadows in her closet. This really up-ends the way a book is "read" and brings it closer to something else...animation, perhaps? Definitely an author to watch, as her "Wave" book was equally cool.
Nov 17, 2010 Alyson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, prospector
Shadow is an amazing tribute to the power of imagination -Suzy Lee's, the main character's and children everywhere. Innovative format, suprising wordless story, great illustrations...

Could we all chip in for moving expenses to get Suzy Lee to move to the US and be eligible for a Caldecott?
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Jul 26, 2011 Randie D. Camp, M.S. rated it it was amazing
An excellent account of a child at play. Imagination at its best!
Molly Senour
Title: Shadow
Author: n/a
Illustrator: Suzy Lee
Genre: Wordless Picture Book
Theme(s): Adventure, Imagination
Opening line/sentence: n/a (picture of a little girl playing with shadows)
Brief Book Summary: Shadow tells the story of a young girl who discovers the light in her attic will help her make shadows on the ground. She plays with the lights and the objects in the attic to create her own little world. By using her imagination and the things she has around her this girl creates creatures and pla
Dec 06, 2016 Mireya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-books
Has such amazing detail in the drawings It’s amazing how she got all the detail and was able to tell a story with only using 3 colors. To me it shows a little girl playing in her attic or garage by herself and telling a story with her imagination. Since there are no words you have to use your imagination to for the story to work. I really liked how it showed what was really going on but also showed what she saw in her imagination. This brought the element that anything is possible all you have t ...more
Nov 08, 2016 J rated it it was amazing
The perfect book for interacting with kids. This book is wordless and full of so many neat things to discuss. I had a lot of fun experiencing this book with a girl who appeared to be about 7 or 8-years-old at an outreach where I read this. Great way to work on literacy in a more unique manner.
Kingston Library
A fun reminder to use your imagination.
Oct 13, 2016 Akoss rated it it was amazing
The many interpretations you can come up with while reading this book is astounding.
My daughter and I have read it before I put it on my goodreads status and every time we read it we see more possibilities for the story on those pages. There is a dynamic to the art style that adds another dimension to the story. And I love that!
I am quickly becoming a fan of this author and I hope one day we can afford collecting some of her books for our own library.
Shelby Wright
Mar 26, 2016 Shelby Wright rated it really liked it
Title: Shadow
Author: Suzy Lee
Genre: Wordless Picture Book
Theme(s): Imagination,
Opening line/sentence: N/A
Brief Book Summary: A little girl is playing in her attic. As she plays, she delves more and more into her fantasy world, eventually becoming enveloped in it. She forms friendships and battles evil forces before being waked from her fantasy with a call for dinner.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2010 (Vol. 78, No. 18))
An ingenious gi
Jun 04, 2016 KBirdsall rated it really liked it
In "Shadow", by Suzy Lee, a little girl playing in an attic creates an elaborate story from her imagination and the shadows she creates on the floor. There is a bit of complex simplicity, as there are no words and only three colors: black, white and yellow, but it actually takes quite a bit of reading the image to actually understand what is going on each page. Lee clarifies the "magic" of imagination by initially highlighting what the little girl is imagining using a yellow glow. A reader must ...more
Feb 03, 2015 RemiGuinto rated it it was amazing
Shadow is about a little girl who lets her imagination run wild through the shadows of the objects in the garage packed and cluttered messily around her. it begins with the little girl enjoying the company of her own shadow that is cast by the single light bulb hanging over her. Slowly, as she plays more and more, the shadows of the things in the garage transform into plants, creatures, and make believe objects that she uses to tell her own story through imagination. Things seem to turn for the ...more
Jonathan Fifer
Oct 31, 2015 Jonathan Fifer rated it it was amazing
This is an interesting (almost) wordless book, in that it is read sideways with one page being made up of a little girl and various objects, while the bottom page consists of all of their shadows. The little girl starts playing with her shadows, making a bird with her hands and then letting it free, at which point the shadow half ends up taking on aspects from her imagination (the bird still being there, a hung up bike becoming the sun and the moon, a broom becoming a tropical tree etc. She then ...more
Feb 28, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shadow by Suzy Lee is a story of a young girl who finds a secret world among the shadows cast by a light bulb in a dark attic. With a click of a light bulb, Suzy Lee beautifully illustrates the girl's adventurous imagination with little to no words and in just two shades of color, yellow and black.

Text-to-Self: Suzy Lee's illustrations of shadows coming to life in the little girl's imagination reminded me of the times I would play "shadow puppets" with my younger siblings. When we were little, w
Morgan Gerard
Wordless Book: Shadow

There are so many things that I love about this book I almost don't know where to begin but I will say the most intriguing thing about this book is that it is almost better read vertically instead of horizontally. In the book a little girl goes up to her attic and uses the light bulb to cast shadows on to the walls. The right page of the book is the floor and the left page is the ceiling so it is better for the students to see it vertically. The little girl goes from simple
Dec 04, 2012 Ed added it
Lee, Suzy. (2010). Shadow. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books. 44 pp. ISBN 978-0-8118-7280-5 (Hard Cover); $15.99.

Wordless books often do not receive much attention or respect. Younger students (or their famiies) want chapter books with words to show off emerging decoding and reading skills. Older students often consider the whole picture book market to beneath their ability and, consequently, something of an insult. However, when a book as creative as this one comes along, it needs to be brough
Mickey Malmgren
Sep 30, 2015 Mickey Malmgren rated it liked it
Shadow by Suzy Lee is a transporting experience into the imagination of a young girl. Playing in her attic, she creates a whole new world from the shadows cast by the naked bulb overhead. Bikes, vacuums, and ladders turn into wolves, elephants, and palm trees. Although there's not a single word of text throughout the pages, the book depicts the importance and vibrancy of the young mind. It reminds us all, child and adult to look at the world at more than just the level of reality.

The book is lo
Sweet on Books
Feb 21, 2011 Sweet on Books rated it it was amazing
• Shadow is a most unique and charming book.
• This wordless book tells a large story.
• The absence of words allows for a great use of imagination.
• Beautifully illustrated in only three colors, this book is truly a work of art.
• This would make a beautiful gift for many different ages, including design and art loving adults.
Shadow is a beautiful work of art that allows imaginations to soar, children and adults alike. An almost entirely wordless boo
Nikki Horne
Sep 30, 2015 Nikki Horne rated it really liked it
Shadow by Suzy Lee is a great wordless picturebook for children. It shows us the story of a little girl playing in, what I assumed was her garage. She starts off by looking at her shadow dance and end up with a whole new world in her shadows as her imagination takes off. I really enjoyed this book.

I think that it being wordless was much better than if it had text to it. It allows you to imagine what the little girl is imagining and kind of let your imagination wander as well. It let's children
Jessica Vanhemel
The book illustrations are black and white, with yellow thrown into a few pictures to help differentiate different parts of the story. The picture were alright, not spectacular, but children might enjoy them because they are so simple and they can relate to how they are drawn.

This is the story of a little girl that is having fun in the attic, she is using her imagination to create this wondrous world around her. You begin with a young girl in an attic with all of this junk surrounding her, slow
Jul 13, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shadow is a nearly wordless, artistic book, or it is a work of art with a few words in it.

The story focuses on a little girl playing with the shadows in her garage. In the two page layout, one page is the solid world and the other page is the shadow world. At first, the objects in the garage cast only their static shadows, but then the girl makes a shadow-bird with her hands, which leads to the creation of a shadow jungle with shadow creatures. The reader watches the girl in the garage pretendi
Jan 25, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents with little children
In Shadow, Suzy Lee, a South Korean illustrator, depicts a little girl playing in her family’s attic. From the very beginning, Lee’s story knows that it is in a printed book. The orientation of the drawings invites the reader to turn the book on its side so that the pages flip bottom to top rather than right to left.

Lee is a natural at drawing children. Her pictures evoke a timeless charm. The girl’s expressions and poses are those of a child, not those of an adult shrunken in size.

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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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