It has been declared, many times, that Writing and Reading can take you places. Nearer locations you have stayed at and known for half a lifetime. Faraway places you've dreamed of, or can imagine, through the pictures in your head.
So here we have a boy.
In his room.
Reading a book about Africa.
He grabs a sketchbook and pencil, and draws and draws. He draws himself into Africa. First off, sketching out an elephant with an egret standing nearby.
The elephant is very pleased with the piece. He brings the boy and the egret to a zeal of zebras next.
The boy keeps drawing. He runs alongside giraffes, observes apes eating his sandwich and almost forgets to run when the rhinoceros charges at him.
See the world. Make new friends. What a safari this is! This wordless picture book is based on the artist's childhood memories. I haven't read other books illustrated by Raul Colon but will definitely keep an eye out for them. I mean, that spread with the boy running along with the giraffes is just stunning!
If you can draw (or write or read) yourself into a setting you haven't been before, where would you go? For me right now, it'll be either a Korean seaside or a Japanese countryside. What about you?
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