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The Red Book by Barbara Lehman
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Published in 2004 by Houghton Mifflin.
Interest Level: K-4th Grade

This is a wordless picture book that has defined illustrations where a young girl finds a red book. After her discovery of this red book she finds that there is something different about this book and eventually becomes part of the book. The various perspectives that are included in this picture book as well as the well-defined illustrations and characters provide a simplistic feeling while exploring a more complex world. In addition, the city and beach are juxtaposed and eventually the main character is transported to the beach and the red book is part of another child's life. This idea that books can be transporting or that others can see the same things as you can through books is an interesting idea that could be explored in more detail. Additionally, most of the illustrations are boxed into frames expect a few where the main character is transported to meet the character that is sitting on the beach. These change of pace and style allow the reader to reach outside the box and suspend reality in order to take the journey of the red book.
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