Petals

Gustavo Borges

Book - 2018

A silent comic that tells the story of a family of foxes whose life is transformed by the arrival of a strange visitor during a harsh winter.

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Subjects
Genres
Graphic novels
Published
Los Angeles, CA : Kaboom! [2018]
Language
English
Portuguese
Item Description
Originally published in Brazil in 2017.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Audience
Ages 8-12.
ISBN
9781684152346
1684152348
Main Author
Gustavo Borges (author)
Other Authors
Cris Peter (colorist)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3–5—Hoping to help his ill father, a young fox in the snowy forest searches for firewood when he encounters a tall, thin bird. Although both animals are anthropomorphic and wear clothes, the bird looks extra dapper in his suit. The bird helps carry the sticks back to the foxes' cabin. The bird's top hat is like a magician's, full of endless surprises, and he uses petals from the flower on his lapel to create a drink to cure the father fox. The three animals enjoy their time together in both sickness and health. It is easy to fly through this short, wordless graphic novel from Brazil, but it truly is one to savor. Stunning art and coloring depict cute, cozy scenes, and the panels and story are easy to follow. An abrupt sad moment near the end may startle some readers, but it is sweetened a little by the final panel, which stresses that our good deeds live on after us. VERDICT A moving story of community. Educators will want to share and discuss this one with young readers.—Jenna Friebel, Oak Park Public Library, IL Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Petals is a silent comic that tells the story of a family of foxes whose life is transformed by the arrival of a strange visitor during a harsh winter.During a long winter two foxes, a father and son, try to survive the merciless cold but the father gets sick. In need of firewood, the young son ventures into the forest to grab what sticks he can carry and crosses paths with a tall and peculiar bird wearing a singular top hat. Making quick friends, the bird helps the young fox bring wood to his father and upon seeing the state of their house and their health, the bird decides to stay and help them with the winter. A beautiful and deeply touching story about friendship, selflessness, and death that shows us the true power of community and working together for a better place. Written and illustrated by Gustavo Borges and colored by Cris Peter, this wonderful tale is brought to life with vivid imagination and artwork that is accessible to all readers!

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Petals is a silent comic that tells the story of a family of foxes whose life is transformed by the arrival of a strange visitor during a harsh winter.During a long winter two foxes, a father and son, try to survive the merciless cold but the father gets sick. In need of firewood, the young son ventures into the forest to grab what sticks he can carry and crosses paths with a tall and peculiar bird wearing a singular top hat. Making quick friends, the bird helps the young fox bring wood to his father and upon seeing the state of their house and their health, the bird decides to stay and help them with the winter. A beautiful and deeply touching story about friendship, selflessness, and death that shows us the true power of community and working together for a better place. Written and illustrated by Gustavo Borges and colored by Cris Peter, this wonderful tale is brought to life with vivid imagination and artwork that is accessible to all readers!