September/October 2022 Kids Indie Next List
“This lovely story of family and imagination is great for a wide range of reading levels; some dialogue frames the story, but even pre-readers can enjoy flipping through the pages and telling themselves the story.”
— Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company, Seattle, WA
A stunning graphic novel filled with gorgeous, whimsical illustrations about an imaginative girl and a bright pink feather that leads to a journey with a baby flamingo. A "perfect" (Shelf Awareness) chapter book from the highly acclaimed creator of the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, The Only Child.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • Kirkus Reviews • School Library Journal • Shelf Awareness • Horn Book
A little girl arrives, excited for a beachy vacation with her Lao Lao. The girl and her grandmother search for shells, chase crabs, and play in the sea, but when the girl finds an exquisite flamingo feather in her grandmother's living room, her vacation turns into something fantastical.
This nearly wordless graphic novel begins in nostalgic sepia toned illustrations and explodes into riotous color as Lao Lao tells her granddaughter the story of a little girl who finds herself as the caretaker of a baby flamingo.
The Flamingo is a tale of imagination, reunions, and connection that readers are sure to reach for again and again.
About the Author
Guojing is a renowned artist celebrated for her picture books, including Stormy and The Only Child. Here she turns her visual storytelling talent to the graphic novel format with multiple panels per page and a compelling story that will appeal to readers who are ready for the next step after picture books.
★ "[A] tender tale." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “Immaculately drawn and paced” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "Guojing's brilliant, near-wordless picture book is a visual feast celebrating family and unlikely friends." —Shelf Awareness, starred review
★ “For readers who enjoy emotionally moving stories about family, love, and the power of imagination.”—School Library Journal, starred review
★ “Guojing’s expressive digital, watercolor, and colored-pencil illustrations have a timeless, cinematic quality…”—The Horn Book, starred review
"A loving ode to intergenerational creativity." —The Bulletin