Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Angel and the Soldier Boy

Here is a neat wordless book that tells an adventure story about a soldier and angel doll.  While a little girl is sleeping, some pirates (from the bedtime book she was reading?) steal treasure from her piggy bank.  The soldier goes off to right the injustice.  But I like that in the end it's up to the little angel doll to brave the house (hiding from a cat, climbing up a house plant, fighting a wasp) to rescue the soldier and the stolen treasure.

Peter Collington 1987

The illustrations are minutely detailed and yet retain a sense of softness.  And it's a credit to Peter Collington's skill that he can tell such an exciting story without any words.

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