Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

A Silent Artbook

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

A Silent Artbook

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A Silent Artbook Minh Le and Dan Santat. Drawn Together. New York: Disney, 2018. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1-4847-6760-3. 42pp.

I went around TLA asking for mostly scholarly books. From children's book publishers I asked for very artsy books that would show some extraordinary modern art beyond standard, formulaic children's books. This is the result of this quest. In it a boy has difficulty communicating with his Vietnamese grandfather, who wants to watch shows in his native language, which the young boy does not speak. They eat different foods: one American, the other Vietnamese. The boy does not like the shows the old man wants to watch. Suddenly, they discover that they both have a passion for drawing. The grandfather draws an Asian-style black-and-white version of the super hero character in a cape that the boy is drawing. …

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