Welcome to Novel Publicity‘s Review Only Tour for Silent Words by Chantal Fournier (Author) and Nicolas Lajeunesse (Illustrator). Read the reviews and win some great prizes for following along as we introduce you to Zelda and her world of words.
About the book
Zelda loves to talk. She always asks a million questions and her head is full of words like apple, bunny, cartwheel and dwizzledoodle. But when a sudden storm turns Zelda’s world upside down, all her words go silent. Zelda must embark on a quest across mountains, forests and oceans to find her parents—and her voice.
This moving tale about loss and hope will tug at your heartstrings. Author Chantal Fournier’s poetic storytelling style and illustrator Nicolas Lajeunesse’s evocative artwork combine to create a poignant story in which a child discovers comfort in the power of words.
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My thoughts on this charming book
I find this to be a very beautiful book and just makes me want to try my hand at writing children’s literature. I don’t know, I just love the idea of creating a meaningful and symbolic story that very young readers can understand–which is what this book essentially is.
I love Zelda’s personality, how she is so candid and full of words that she just has to let out every single second. I also love the idea of how Zelda came to be on a quest and I love the ending. I’m not sure about the age of a child for him or her to be old enough to grasp the meaning of the story, but it really is a nice story about family, loss, and love.
The illustrations are also beautiful and adorable. I have nothing bad to say about them because they’re wonderful.
This would be a good book for parents to read with their kids.
I received a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About the Author and Illustrator
Originally from a small-ish city not too far from Montreal, I now live in Toronto, Canada, after a long stint on the beautiful Canadian West Coast, where I taught French to university students.
Silent Words, the story of a girl floating on a peculiar cloud, is my debut book. It is the fruit of a long collaboration with my artistic husband, Nicolas.
Nicolas Lajeunesse (Illustrator)
As the son of a sculptor and the grandson of a painter, art has always been a part of my life. After studying filmmaking in Montreal and working with my father for a few years, I left my French-Canadian roots and headed for the West Coast, where I discovered digital arts.
I live in Toronto, Canada, with my wife and family.