A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

Dutch / The Netherlands

(Monster book)

Hoogstad, Alice (illus.)
Rotterdam: Lemniscaat, 2014. – [26] p.
ISBN 978-90-477-0619-9

Monster – Colour – Painting – Imagination –
Textless book – Picture book

Everyone in this quaint little town is busy, all except for the girl with her pockets full of chalk. As she wanders through the streets made of black lines, she leaves a trail of colourful pictures, which come to life behind her back. Monsters are her speciality. But the adults in the town don’t want anything to do with her imaginary creatures. They fight off the intruders with garden hoses and parking tickets, but the children think they’re excellent fun. There are so many funny details hidden in the illustrations. The dynamic compositions create suspense and drama. In this exceedingly imaginative, monstrously good wordless picture book, the little protagonist refuses to be penned in by the black-and-white lines of authority. With her bright colours and her imaginative pictures, she shows how to transform a colourless world into a cheerful, exuberant and inviting place – a triumph of the imagination. (Age: 4+)