The Only Child by Guojing

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Hailed by Entertainment Weekly and the Wall Street Journal as a best book of the year, this gorgeous and imaginative story—part picture book, part graphic novel—is utterly transporting and original. USA Today  declared it “a compelling and melancholy debut from an important new talent" as well as "an expansive and ageless book full of wonder, sadness, and wild bursts of imagination.” And like Shaun Tan's The Arrival and Raymond Briggs's The Snowman, it is quickly becoming a modern classic.
A little girl—lost and alone—follows a mysterious stag deep into the woods, and, like Alice down the rabbit hole, she finds herself in a strange and wondrous world. But... home and family are very far away. How will she get back there?
In this magnificently illustrated—and wordless—masterpiece, debut artist Guojing brilliantly captures the rich and deeply-felt emotional life of a child, filled with loneliness and longing as well as love and joy.

“A haunting, wordless, gorgeously drawn picture book.” People

“Told wordlessly through soft, dreamy illustrations, Guojing’s tale evokes the loneliness of growing up under China’s one-child policy.” —Entertainment Weekly

“A dreamy, wordless debut.” —The New York Times

"Majestic.... Rare is the book containing great emotional depth that truly resonates across a span of ages: this is one such." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred

"Reminiscent of Raymond Briggs’s classic, The Snowman (1978), this is quiet, moving, playful, and bittersweet all at once." —Booklist, Starred

Title : The Only Child
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ISBN : 0553497049
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 112 pages


karen rated it ★★★★★

February 26, 2016

when i first saw this cover online, months before the book was released, i thought to myself, "i will make you mine." and then i did. surpeficially, the artwork reminded me of a cutesier Shaun Tan or a less-gross Renée French. but i know nothing about art, and when i mentioned this observation to...

Mischenko rated it ★★★★☆

April 14, 2017

To see this and other wordless picture book reviews, please visit The Only Child is a wordless children's graphic novel that's magical in every way. The beautiful and detailed illustrations tell a stunning story. One of the best graphic novels for children we've read! 4...

Carmen rated it ★★★★☆

January 15, 2016

Guojing's wordless graphic novel for children is about a little girl in China who leaves home "to visit grandma" but ends up on a magical adventure when she gets lost and meets a stag in the forest. Wonderful images of the stag, the cloud bear, and the whale...

Mayra rated it ★★★★☆

September 06, 2016

Putamerda! Esse livro não tem 1 palavra e eu to aqui chorando de tão lindo!! Amei!! ❤❤

Laura rated it ★★★★★

December 06, 2015

Wow. Mind blowing. One of the most unique children's picture books I have ever read/owned. There is so much depth of feeling and emotion in the illustrations. Extraordinarily beautiful and poignant. You can almost feel the hair on the animals. A must have for collectors of the best of the best in...

David rated it ★★★★☆

February 21, 2016

A lovely wordless picture book fantasy about a little girl who gets lost on her way to Grandma's house and gets befriended by a stag who introduces her to a magical natural world. Lovely pencil drawings. Compared by a lot of people to Shaun Tan's work, maybe because it is also wordless, but this...

Skip rated it ★★★★★

February 11, 2016

Both the lovely illustrations and telling a story without words made me think of Brian Selznick. The foreword by author Guojing and her loneliness as a politically-mandated single child in China sets the stage for a little girl's adventure on her own, getting lost in the woods, where she is befri...

Lata rated it ★★★★★

July 14, 2017

Beautiful and subtle, the pencil drawings follow the day in the life of a lonely only child who spends the day playing and attempting to while away the hours till her parents return from work. There are no words, just beautiful images of a child's imagination at work when she finds herself alone...

Lily rated it ★★★★☆

January 02, 2016

A snowy new year's day is the perfect time for this story of being lost and found. The author/illustrator, Guojing, was born in China while the one-child policy was in effect. Her memories of loneliness were a springboard for this story about what happens when a little girl decides to set out in...

Melissa rated it ★★★☆☆

March 10, 2016

3.5 stars! I loved the illustrations. They are charcoal or pencil. This is a full picture book with no words. These are my kids favorite kind of stories for me to read because I make up the story as I go. There are no spoilers in this review because every story is different. Here's mine :D Once up...

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