The Island

Wasn’t Monday morning a thrill? I tweeted this, which pretty much summed up my morning:

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And I wrote (and squealed) a little more about it here, where there’s a really beautiful picture thanks to Caryn Schafer’s beautiful blog!

There’s a billion and one things to love about Jon Klassen, and one of them is his mastery of color. Even if you picture the covers to Extra Yarn and This Is Not My Hat, you get an insta-glimpse of what I mean. Color rules. It’s easy to read, easy to feel. And it’s what stands out to me about this book, The Island.


by Marije Tolman and Ronald Tolman

{published 2012, by Lemniscaat USA}

I bought this book based on its cover, before I even turned a single page. Look at it! It’s dreamy and sparkly and enchanting and soft and calm and it just speaks.


And the story is just as dreamy and sparkly and enchanting and all those other things. A polar bear climbs down from a ladder in the clouds. Wordlessly, he pokes from page to page, from thing to thing, from story to story, from island to island.

The landscapes are muted and quiet, and the living characters are saturated and strong. The color palette is transporting and calming and breathtaking.


I adore being able to read a different story every time I carefully thumb through it. I’m not sure if it means something small or something big, and I don’t really care. I just enjoy it and soak it in, and feel my imagination bursting at the seams.


And something else that is delightful and surprising: a father-daughter duo created this one. Something about that feels extra special.


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15 thoughts on “The Island

  1. Eeee! I love this book so much. I had the wonderful experience of going to Bologna a couple years ago, and this book was getting a lot of love. So glad it’s made its way to the States. (The illustrations are pretty interesting–I think they’ve used a variety of printmaking techniques, if memory serves? Plus some digital collage?)

  2. Carter, I have honestly never fallin in love with a blog as fast as I’ve gone head over heels for yours. I LOVE children’s book too and hope to write one some day soon…I’m so glad you found my blog so I could find yours!! I’ll be a regular. :)

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