Drawn Together

Drawn Together

Book - 2018
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A boy and his grandfather cross a language and cultural barrier using their shared love of art, storytelling, and fantasy.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Disney/Hyperion, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781484767603
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Santat, Dan - Illustrator


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Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2018.

Asian/Pacific American Award Medalist for Picture Book

Grandfather speaks Thai. Grandson speaks English. That makes conversation a little tricky, until they pick up their pens and start drawing. Pure magic. (Early)

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ArapahoeMary Mar 02, 2021

A young boy visits his grandfather, but the visits are quiet and frustrating as the language barrier between them seems insurmountable. That is, until the boy begins drawing. Soon his grandfather joins in , and the two find their common language in art. The story is told mostly through the illustrations, and Dan Santat has merged the boy’s cartoon style with a much more traditional Thai style to create images that go together seamlessly and tell a fun story. This is a beautiful book about finding ways to communicate without words and the bonds between children and their grandfather – and would pair well with other stories about connecting with extended family, like Mango, Abuela and Me by Angela Dominguez and Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal.

Sep 11, 2019

A partially wordless tale about the power of words...but also about the power of wordlessness across cultural and generational divides. This is a beautiful story about a boy and his grandfather who find new ways of communicating and understanding one another. The illustrations are perfect: vivid, dynamic, and evokative! The paper itself is thick and luxurious (I love the "floop" sound of good paper pages being turned).

LoganLib_Kirra Aug 06, 2019

A beautiful story about a grandfather and grandchild finding common ground between art and storytelling with amazing illustration.

May 20, 2019

Yes the young and the old can find something in common and bond.

VoldyMort Apr 05, 2019

Although sparsely narrated, this beautifully illustrated endeavor weaves a sweeping story about love and its own unique language.

IndyPL_DeandraW Mar 04, 2019

I love this picture book! Not only is the story beautiful but the illustrations are amazing!. Drawn Together connects the generational and language gap between Grandfather and Grandson through the love of drawing. From the beginning you see the two having a hard time connecting with each other until they begin to draw together creating this magical, action-packed world of two different styles that flows beautifully together.

IndyPL_NicoleN Feb 21, 2019

I loved this book. Beautiful illustrations. It shows how you don't always have to speak the same language to be able to communicate with others but rather art, storytelling and actions.

IndyPL_ShannonO Feb 01, 2019

What's wonderful about Drawn Together is how deftly it tells its story with little to no dialogue. Being a nearly wordless story allows it to truly embody the book's overall theme: finding a common language not in words, but in art. Both grandson and grandfather have a unique art style that shows off both the characters' personalities as well as the illustrator's talent. A must read for fans of colorful picture books!

RobertELPL Nov 06, 2018

Heartfelt story about a grandson and grandfather finding a connection through art. This does a great job at being able to both honor the differences between traditional and modern, and blending them together to show they don't always have to be separate. Great message that there is more than one way to communicate.

LPL_IlkaI Aug 27, 2018

An elegant tale that demonstrates the power of art's universal language to drawn people together when words less than available. Along with its beautiful illustrations, Drawn Together is a timely tale for young and old alike. It's perfect!

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