The New York Times Review of Gibberish!
Author/Illustrator Young Vo discusses his picture book GIBBERISH with award-winning picture book author Minh Lê
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★ “A visually and emotionally immersive immigration story..”--Kirkus Reviews (starred)
★ “A delightful first day of school story. Beginning readers will love this book as the illustrations say it all. Whether based on author Young Vo's personal experience or not, he has nevertheless precisely captured the emotions of a child starting school in a new place.”--School Library Connection (starred)
★ “This picture book brilliantly conveys how terrifying and confusing it can be to adapt to a strange country and how much even one person’s acts of kindness can help. This is a story that will give hope to kids dealing with a new country and could inspire others to reach out to struggling immigrant children.”— Booklist (starred)
“Vo’s heartwarming immigration story is beautifully told, with multimedia illustrations that shine on each spread. This uplifting story is a welcome addition to any collection.”--School Library Journal
“Artwork, though, fills in much of the emotional experience from Dat’s side of the language divide. He ideates the gibberish-spewing school community as black and white cartoon characters that stylistically recall George Herriman’s language-challenged Krazy Kat.”--BCCB
“Splendid…A powerful story about compassion and finding one’s voice. There are an increasing number of picture books about immigration, but this one stands above the rest in its brilliant and deeply felt depiction of how it feels for children just like Dat.” — Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
“Brilliant, metaphorical illustrations move from cartooney black and white to realistic color to illuminate Vo’s exceptional storytelling… It’s a must-share book that beautifully shows the challenges of language learning.” — Melissa Taylor, Imagination Soup
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