Monday, December 14, 2015

The Only Child by Goujing / Book Review

About The Book

Written and Illustrated By: Goujing
Published by: Schwartz & Wade Books (Random House Children's Books)
Released On: December 1, 2015
Ages: 5 & up
Pages: 112
Purchase it from: Penguin Random House | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Rating: 5 Owlets - We LOVED It

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.

My Thoughts

A stunning debut! Goujing's gorgeous imagery tells a wordless, moving story that readers of all ages will love. The illustrations, and adventures the little girl go on, are mesmerizing. Whether you're an only child, or have siblings, emotions felt through out each image will transport readers into the story, and leave them looking through this book time and time again. Similar to another timeless, wordless favorite book of mine, The Snowman by Raymond Bigg's, Goujing's The Only Child is sure to be a classic. 

If you only pick up one illustrated children's book this year, make it this one! I absolutely loved it. This is a book that is being placed on our favorite children's literature shelf. I highly recommend picking up THE ONLY CHILD. It would make the perfect gift to give this Holiday season. 

Check out some of the illustrations below:

* I received a publish copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I will definitely check this out. Thanks for the review. I hope you have a lovely holiday season.

    1. You're welcome! I hope you've had a lovely holiday season! This definitely one of my favorite picture books of the year.


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