George and his shadow

Davide Calì, 1972-

Book - 2017

One morning, when George walks into his kitchen, he finds someone sitting at his table. "Who are you?" he asks. "I'm your shadow," answers the shadow. The shadow follows George--for a walk on the street, fishing on the pier at Coney Island, and everywhere else George goes. Who is this shadow? Is he an annoying pest? Is he a friend? Or is he both? -- amazon.com

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Children's Room jE/Cali Due Jul 17, 2022
Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2017]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN
9780062568304
0062568302
Main Author
Davide Calì, 1972- (author)
Other Authors
Serge Bloch (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

One ordinary day, George, a dapper urban dweller, discovers that his shadow wants to do more than just be a shadow. The shadow sticks with George, acting as a companion rather than a traditional shadow—annoying at first and then, as a playmate, entertaining. When the shadow abruptly disappears, George misses it—until, on another seemingly ordinary day, he's greeted by his reflection in the bathroom mirror. Whimsical black-and-white line drawings—created, according to the front matter, with the artist's brain, hands, and computer—clearly enhance the escapades, using swatches of color and texture to highlight various aspects, such as a green plaid for George's suit and homburg. Reminiscent of the style and humor of Jon Agee's books, this jovial New York City–set story, originally written in Italian, is sophisticated in style yet deals with concepts (shadows and companionship) easily understood by young children. This paradox is mirrored by George, an adult with a child's lifestyle and sensibilities. Compare and contrast with Mac Barnett's The Skunk (2015). Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

George, a bespectacled urbanite who sleeps in blue pajamas and a plaid hat, finds a black silhouette at his kitchen table one morning. "Who are you?" he asks. "I'm your shadow," the silhouette replies. "Shouldn't you be on the floor?" George points out. "I was hungry," the shadow says. Bibo's translation of Cali's text is smooth and sly. George's shadow spends the day doing everything he does, and "George began to feel more and more annoyed." Now dressed in a plaid suit that matches his hat, George attempts to get rid of his shadow—permanently—including snipping him to pieces with scissors and trying to vacuum him up. Collage elements add to the visual slapstick, broad blocks of color hint at the light-versus-dark theme, and Bloch's loopy line captures chairs, crockery, and city buildings with impulsive spontaneity. George is one of those adult characters who could just as well be a child; eventually, he grows to enjoy his new companion. Bonus giggles are provided by George's crocodile-schnozzed dog, who helps him see the shadow's potential as a friend. Ages 4–8. (Oct.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 3—The author and illustrator of The Enemy: A Book About Peace have teamed up again for this gently absurdist picture book translated from the Italian. George, a bespectacled white man in a plaid homburg, wakes one morning to discover that his shadow has come to life and is sitting at the breakfast table. "I was hungry," the shadow explains matter-of-factly. The book follows the classic plot of a grump reluctantly making a friend. First, the shadow plays the genial straight man to frantic George, who makes every effort to get rid of him. Next, George lightens up and the two enjoy each other's company. Finally, the shadow returns to his usual form, leaving George bereft. The last page hints at a sequel, this time with George's reflection in the mirror taking on a life of its own. Bloch's full-bleed digital illustrations resemble ink and collage and feature spare lines with some patches of color. The sketchy lines and exaggerated proportions are reminiscent of cartoons by James Thurber and Jules Feiffer and may appeal most to sophisticated young readers (or their parents). Scooter, George's expressive little dog, adds interest to the pages. VERDICT A whimsical but slight bit of silliness, this is an additional purchase for larger libraries.—Sarah Stone, San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

One morning George finds his shadow sitting at his kitchen table, and through a day of being followed and annoyed by it, George learns to love having his shadow to play with.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

After George sees his shadow sitting at the kitchen table one morning, they embark on their day together and George must decide if he is a friend or foe.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

One morning, when George walks into his kitchen, he finds someone sitting at his table. “Who are you?” he asks. “I’m your shadow,” answers the shadow. The shadow follows George—for a walk on the street, fishing on the pier at Coney Island, and everywhere else George goes.Who is this shadow? Is he an annoying pest? Is he a friend? Or is he both?From the award-winning pair behind I Can’t Wait and The Enemy comes a sweet, silly, and often poignant look at how unexpected friendship can be. With mod, quirky art full of personality from Serge Bloch (Butterflies in My Stomach and The Big Adventure of a Little Line) and a disarming text from Davide Cali (I Didn’t Do My Homework Because . . .), George and His Shadow is charming! Perfect for fans of Leo: A Ghost Story and Imaginary Fred.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

One morning, when George walks into his kitchen, he finds someone sitting at his table. "Who are you?' he asks. "I'm your shadow," answers the shadow. The shadow follows George'for a walk on the street, fishing on the pier at Coney Island, and everywhere else George goes.Who is this shadow? Is he an annoying pest? Is he a friend? Or is he both?From the award-winning pair behind I Can't Wait and The Enemy comes a sweet, silly, and often poignant look at how unexpected friendship can be. With mod, quirky art full of personality from Serge Bloch (Butterflies in My Stomach and The Big Adventure of a Little Line) and a disarming text from Davide Cali (I Didn't Do My Homework Because . . .), George and His Shadow is charming! Perfect for fans of Leo: A Ghost Story and Imaginary Fred.