George and His Shadow
by Davide Calì
illustrations by Serge Bloch
One morning, when George walks into his kitchen, he finds someone sitting at his table. “Who are you?” he asks. “I’m your shadow,” answers the shadow. The shadow follows George—for a walk on the street, fishing on the pier at Coney Island, and everywhere else George goes.
Who is this shadow? Is he an annoying pest? Is he a friend? Or is he both?
"The short, clipped words and sentences complement Bloch’s illustrative approach perfectly. It’s as though the writer, Davide Calì, wrote the book with Bloch in mind."
The New York Times
“Bibo’s translation of Calì’s text is smooth and sly. (...) Collage elements add to the visual slapstick, broad blocks of color hint at the light-versus-dark theme, and Bloch’s loopy line captures chairs, crockery, and city buildings with impulsive spontaneity.”
“Calì subtly explores friendship and solitude with panache and a refreshing lack of condescension. Bloch’s stylish computer-generated illustrations play with shape, color, and perspective, adding another layer of absurdism. Droll.”
“Reminiscent of the style and humor of Jon Agee’s books, this import from Italy (clearly set in New York City) is sophisticated in style yet deals with concepts (shadows and companionship) easily understood by young children... Compare and contrast with Mac Barnett’s The Skunk (2015).”
World: Harper Collins, 2017
Other editions: France, Italy, Spain
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