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Child of Glass

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  35 reviews
A story about difference, exclusion, and ultimately self-acceptance, Child of Glass explores the interplay between inner and outer and the journey we have to go on to become ourselves.

Child of Glass is about Gisele, a fragile, strong, transparent girl who denounces the meanness that can mark life in the world. In sparse, poetic language that all of us, however young or old
Hardcover, 52 pages
Published December 13th 2019 by Enchanted Lion Books
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This story reads like a fairy tale or folk tale. Giselle is a child who is made of glass, her thoughts are transparent just as if her head were a shop display. She is highly sensitive, as she grows her problems worsen, every worry results in a tiny crack. When she is old enough she moves away, trying to hide her weaknesses but finding her problems follow her wherever she goes. Finally she (view spoiler)

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Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
Not really for me. Born is Italy, Giselle is made entirely of glass, transparent and people can see her thoughts. When she is young, her neighbors assuage her fears, but as she ages and her thoughts are darker, she is shunned or worse, causing physical changes, eventually causing her to move away. However, things don't improve when she is away and she returns. I was not a fan of the art either. ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
The concept of this book was phenomenal. A person made completely of glass whose thoughts are projected inside her head for all to see? I was super excited.

The idea of using the transparent pages was also an amazing idea for the concept of the story!




Okay so here's a list:
*The artwork is, in my opinion, horrid and completely unsuited to the story.
*The transparent pages could have been used to MUCH greater effect and, as a whole, the concept of using them felt wasted.
Amy Layton
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think there are artful books and tasteful narratives.  But it's rare that I read a book that I think should be in a museum.  This book works on ALL levels.  Its narrative is moody and soft, the art looks as though it was drawn by a child, and when it gets down to it, the design is truly something else.  Some pages in this book were made from vellum, which gets to the core of this book: you can see through this book, you can make out what's on the next page.  How does that make you feel?  Perha ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This unusual French picture book is deep, questioning and modern. Giselle was born near Florence and Bilbao. She was born made entirely of glass, transparent and capturing the light of life around her. People could also see right into her head, viewing her thoughts as she had them. If she was fearful or worried, people would reassure her when they saw those thoughts. As she grew older though, her thoughts were sometimes very dark and sad. When people saw those things, they grew angry, asking how ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: pbf-general
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Anne Lutomia
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gisele the child made of glass is misunderstood and rejected by her community because of her transparent emotions. She decides to leave and live in other places but does not fit in. She decides to return home "completely whole in herself, at last".
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a child of glass. Are you?
What if your every thought could be seen? Seems more like a Patrick Ness book than a picture book. This gives the read much to ponder but most kids will just scratch their foreheads happy their confusion wasn't on display. I do think it would lead to an excellent thematic discussion for older students. ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
An odd book. Kids might enjoy the semi-transparent pages or interesting art choices. However, there is much left unresolved in this book and the choice of transparent pages could have added much more under different pages. It seems as if too many ideas were added to a book that was also intentionally a short picture book. The subject matter may be good for older kids if they do not get confused easily. At best, take some interesting concepts from the book (ex. people can see all your thoughts) a ...more
Stephen Connor
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gisele is made of glass. This means everyone can see what is going on inside her mind: when she’s feeling sad, angry,’s a difficult existence and one that makes her inevitably stand out. She determines that the best way to counter this is to leave...

The artwork and layout in this is stunning. Tracing paper overlays show Gisele’s thoughts and difficulties to the reader beautifully.

My only gripe is the ending. You’ll have to see for yourselves 😊
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I loved use of the translucent vellum pages, and the idea of people being able to see her thoughts. However, I really wanted the author to explore the whole idea not having a private thought to yourself, and the difficulty of everyone seeing not only your positive thoughts, but also your negative ones, but I felt that it was left unresolved. Also left unresolved was the idea of her being sensitive and starting to crack. I would have been more satisfied with the ending had there been more of a co ...more
Cara Byrne
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
"she had had enough of leaving and looking for the place where she might fit in. On that day, content within herself, she turned around and went home. Even though the truth could be scary and people preferred to ignore it"

I appreciate the innovativeness of this picture book. It contains a unique story and the sketched style is also outstanding. However, the plot is underdeveloped and the transparent pages aren't integrated with care.
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Very interesting premise - a child of glass. But, for me, the illustrations were too sharp and jarring, the story a little too much for a juvenile book. Understanding it is a translation from the French, I think it lost something in the translation. I feel the translucent pages could have been used to better effect. A decent story about being yourself and finding your place, but just didn't quite get there for me. ...more
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
A girl is born of glass and she discovers that all of her thoughts are for all to see. As she grows, her thoughts can be negative and with each negative thought, a crack develops. People are tired of her negative thoughts so she leaves her family to find peace. She discovers that peace is not meant to be if she is away from her family and friends. When she becomes comfortable in her own skin, she returns home.
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Everyone is made uncomfortable by the glass child, because her thoughts and emotions are on display. So she leaves home but is rejected everywhere she goes. Eventually she returns and lives her life as she is, content, but presumably still rejected by her community. Okay? A very lonely outlook. She should have at least become a fixture at her public library.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I believe this is a Best Illustrated Book of 2019, but it is for a special child or situation, best used one-on-one because of the design. It has beautiful end pages. The style is unique: some pages use overlays to reveal various moods and emotions.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
I didn't get this book. Picture books are an interesting genre because authors write for many different kinds of audiences. I felt like this was geared toward adults...and I didn't love the illustrations at all. Just not my cup of tea. ...more
Miss Sarah
An elementary and up picture book about a child born with a see through skin condition consequently she shows are her emotions all the time upsetting soem people. Cna she find her way? Nice identity themes
This book was hard to read because the text was printed over busy pages.
beautiful story about being ok with who you are and being a transparent being
CreateEveryday Classroom
LOVE the illustrations and idea behind this book
Unfortunately, the story line is too abstract for young readers, I believe
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
The set-up of the story was good, and the art interesting. The resolution was flat.
Kristina Jean Lareau
3.5 stars

I don't think this beautiful mixed medium book translates well for American culture. It is thoughtful and meaningful, but a little abstract.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
Not so much. Too abstract for me.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice, but maybe not fully realized.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
Really gorgeous and interesting.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
I did not quite understand what sort of message the author was trying to convey. The illustrations are sometimes lovely, sometimes jarring. This was an odd read.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
didn't work for me ...more
May 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture
Uh, cool premise, but WEIRD. None of us liked it at all.
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Beatrice Alemagna was born in Bologna, Italy in 1973. She graduated from the Istituto Superiore for industrial arts in Urbino, Italy. She has won numerous international awards for her illustration. She now lives in Paris, France, where she works as an author and illustrator as well as a designer of childrens books, posters and collages.

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