by Victor Hussenot
Wordless graphic novel
Interest level: Grade 2 and up
3 out of 5 stars
This wordless graphic novel is creatively complex and simple at the same time. The book features two characters, little more than stick figures, who travel across a landscape that is made up of geometric shapes and lines. The only two colors present in the story are red, blue, and a small amount of yellow.
While there doesn’t appear to be much action or plot to the story, in reality you become wrapped up in the characters’ journey and their interaction and growing relationship with each other. The developing connection between the characters is mimicked in the growing integration of the red and blue lines in the landscape. While originally the colors were separate and created distinct patterns and shapes, as the characters interact more, so the lines begin to intertwine.
There is a brief moment where a yellow monster appears, different in color and form, but that is resolved and yellow starts to integrate as well. The ending of the story features a journey home. While at times the story felt repetitious, any question about the reader being able to relate to the characters and become involved in the plot is resolved when you realize the ending makes you feel sad in a way that I didn’t anticipate.
This is a very different graphic novel that deserves a read for its artistic qualities as well as uniqueness of story.