Book Review: Line 135
It is the illustrations by Albertine that captured my attention initially. Given the on-going fascination with trains in our house, the subject matter also caught my eye. I paged through the book several times before I even read the text. Simple line drawings in black and white except a bright neon monorail that travels through city and country and across imagination. Simplicity at its finest, but when you pause and read the text this book takes on greater meaning. As a little girl travels along through these mystical surroundings, she reflects. She has a dream of seeing the whole world that her mother and grandmother believe she will grow to see as impossible. Zullo has delightfully captured a child's perspective of the world and their attempts to understand the world the way adults do. However, the book ends with the child saying "my mother and my grandmother have forgotten what I have always known: It is possible." A beautiful reminder that what we most wish for our children is their ability to achieve their dreams, however big they might be.
Line 135 by Germano Zullo
* Imitate the style of illustration with simple line drawings and then adding some bright color.
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