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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...more
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Chronicle Books
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I'd love to spend ten minutes inside Suzy Lee's head.
Lisa Vegan
Jan 28, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
Jennifer Nguyen
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...more
This book was mentioned repeatedly along with Lee's other works in The Handbook of Children's Literature, so I thought I'd take a look. This is a (mostly) wordless picturebook dealing with imagination, told in two parallel sets of illustrations that eventually come crashing together (yes, I know parallel lines don't crash together; these do, so there). It's extremely good fun, and the little girl creates friends and enemies and setting out of unlikely items in the attic (garage?). The book is bl...more
Kate Hastings
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!)
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?
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.
Alice Chen
Apr 18, 2014 Alice Chen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children before the age of reading, adults
Recommended to Alice by: Discovered it on my own
Shelves: favorites
I am a verbose person but am naturally drawn to picture books where words are sparse, because it is a talent that I very much admire. In Shadow, there are no words to convey this great story about how imagination takes over a child's mind, in a setting that most kids, I believe, have experienced themselves.
The illustrations in this book are innovative and evocative, and I simply love to be able to flip through it casually, or really study the details in each image. I do love a book that is arti...more
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
Wordless Picture Book.
Themes- imagination, shadow-puppets, imagination running away with you, sneaking in places which might not technically be allowed.
Classroom uses- project a large light onto a wall covered in paper. Have students set objects in front of the light to create images and a setting. Students can then act out a scene or play with their bodies or the objects creating the shadows on the wall. Teach students about the art of shadow puppets. Have students summarize the events of the b...more
I love this! Illustrations tell the whole story, which is imaginative and fun and even has a sweet moment. I would LOVE to add this to my Groundhog storytime where I've been thinking about focusing on shadows. But I'm not sure if the illustrations are too intricate for the kids to be able to see and tell me a story. I suppose if I give them ample time to really look. Plus, reading it in a different direction than we do many of our books (in our western culture) would probably stand out to them a...more

Audience: ages 4-8, children who like to play make-believe, tactile learners (since the book is interactive, in a way), and those not afraid to be a little scared
Appeal: This is an imaginative story about playing make-believe with shadows. The books is written to be read from a "sideways" perspective, you can turn it this way and that to show the different stories that weave in together. The girl in the story has quite an active imagination; she can turn ordinary objects into extraordina...more
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...more
Sweet on Books
• 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...more
Andrea Blythe
I flipped through Shadow, by Suzy Lee, with my niece. I didn't exactly read it to her, as there were no words to read. But it was fun to see my niece point at the images and oooh and aaah.

For being wordless, Shadow is an amazingly fun book. It begins with a young girl clicking on the garage light, which casts dark shadows on the floor. As she plays, watching the shadows, her imagination makes the shadows come alive — until they begin to take on a life of their own. Suzy Lee's art is beautiful a...more
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...more
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...more
“Shadow” illustrated by Suzy Lee is an interesting and unique wordless book. The story consists of a little girl who lets her imagination run wild with the shadows that are created by objects found in her dark attic when she turns on a small light. The objects, such as a vacuum, ladder, and broom, become an elephant, trees and flowers, and the little girl becomes a princess ballerina. Then, she is called for dinner and turns off the light, and her imaginative story becomes dark. However, in the...more
Amy Musser
Shadow is a stunning nearly wordless book. The story is about a young girl who plays make-believe in her garage. On the left hand page you see the girl and her surroundings drawn in black and white with charcoal and pencil. On the right hand page are the shadows of the girl and the objects. At first the shadows are merely mirror images of their solid partners. But then the girl makes a butterfly with her hands and the butterfly glows into life on the shadow page. Soon the shadows are transformed...more
Jan 25, 2011 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.

More impress...more
I love this book! It starts out with a girl in her garage or basement and you see all of the junk, plus the shadow of the junk reflected below it. The story begins and progresses side by side on both pages.

The girl makes a shadow puppet of a bird, which comes alive and flies away on the shadow page. Suddenly, the broom and garden tools disappear from reality and transform into a tall flower. A sun and moon appear. With each new shadow, objects shift and transform in the shadow world. A big bad w...more
Jade Nguyen

1. { Genre }: Wordless

2. { Summary }: Click. An imaginative young girl and her light bulb explore the limitless shapes of shadow dancing.

3a. { Area for comment }: Composition

3b. { Critique }:
The composition is Shadows best feature. It forces the reader to find the origination of each shadow and analyze it’s destination.

3c. { Critique Example }:
The composition of Shadows is introduced as soon as the reader opens the book. It opens bottom to top instead of left to right. The pages are much long...more
Jason Slayton
The greatest video game of all time is The Legend of Zelda. It has spawned a zillion sequels, most of which are a rehash of the previous sequel. That is what most all sequels are: an effort to make money off the original by retelling the same story with updated graphics.

The first sequel to The Legend of Zelda was very much unlike the other games. It stands alone. Some call it the black sheep of the series. These people are idiots.

The name of the game: "Zelda II: The Adventure of Link."

At the ver...more
Sarah Sammis
Shadow by Suzy Lee is a wordless picture book about a girl on a jungle adventure in her junk filled garage. She makes the jungle come alive with plants and animals through her shadow play.

Lurking in the shadows, though, is a mischievous wolf. What starts as a dance with him and the girl (as he is created from her shadow) becomes something more sinister.

Although there are no words, there is so much tucked away in the black, white and yellow illustrations to warrant a second or third read. I've re...more
Shadow tells a story though pictures. The book opens and reads landscape layout. There are three main colors used though the whole book: black, white, and yellow. It is about a girl with a lot of imagination. When she turns on the lights and begins making shadows on the wall in the garage she begins to become apart of the shadows. This book can be used for a writing exercise and paired with other "wordless" books.
Kayla Fallis
This wordless book by Suzy Lee is a great book for students to use to interpret illustrations. This book does not have any words in it, pictures only so students must interpret what is being told through these pictures. Lee uses the colors black, yellow and white for every picture but each illustration is detailed and beautiful. Just by looking at the pictures you can tell that this is a story about a little girl that uses a single light bulb, objects and her imagination to create play and adven...more
Wow! Shadow truly captures a child's vastly imaginative mind. Suzy Lee only used two colors in her wordless picture book - black to represent the shadows and yellow to represent the light. The girl is playing in the cluttered attic and using her imagination to transform the shadows of the ordinary items in the attic into animals, a jungle scene, and a ballerina. The pages are full bleed with a two page spread meant to be viewed as one giant page. Both sides of the page interact with each other;...more
From the creator of the award-winning Wave comes a stunning new book. In Shadow, Lee utilizes the gutter to create two worlds- the real one and that of shadows. Using the objects she finds around her, a little girl creates worlds and characters with the shadows she casts. But as her creations become more intricate, the shadows begin to take on a life of their own.

This book is practically wordless and incredibly designed. I wonder at the stories children might weave about each page as each shadow...more
The production of the book with pages turning from bottom to top along the horizontal seam is a great setup for this book where we join a little girl playing in the attic or garage. The shadows cast by the light bulb we never see transforms the world of items into a living stage, where the girl's play and imagination set in motion a world of characters and landscape. The few words in this book have an almost-auditory quality, while the slow, almost-imperceptible introduction of color quickly bec...more
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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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