Picture Book Review: The Umbrella, by Dieter Shubert


The Umbrella, by Dieter Shubert

A little dog finds an
umbrella in the garden on a windy day.  The moment the dog picks up the
umbrella, it catches the wind and pulls the dog skywards.  This is the
start to fantastic journey around the world.  The wind carries the
umbrella and the dog all over the world, from the desert to the sea,
from the jungle to the north pole.


Every  now and again I come across a picture book that blows me away (pun intended) with its originality.  

Entirely wordless, this story of a little black dog and his adventure with the umbrella is beautifully illustrated.  The story flows from one picture to the next, and you realize that no words are needed, because the pictures do a better job at telling the dog’s story than words could ever do.  

The artwork is breathtaking.  When a story relies entirely on pictures, it is absolutely necessary that they be beautiful.  Don’t you just love that cover?  I just stumbled across this book at the library.  I picked it up because of the colors and the amazing artwork.   

Highly recommended wordless picture book for all ages.

Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Lemniscaat USA; Reprint edition (April 1, 2011)

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    December 31, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    This book! I love when there picture books are wordless. It just tells you the story itself in gorgeous illustrations like this one… so many picture books I want to read. I'm actually going to read a wordless picture book next year called Wave. It should be good. Happy New Year! Do you have any reading goals for next year?

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    December 31, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I have recently discovered a few wordless picture books, and I love them. If they are done right, like this one, then they are fantastic.

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