Drawn Together
When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens-with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.With spare, direct text by Minh Lê and luminous illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, this stirring picturebook about reaching across barriers will be cherished for years to come.

Drawn Together Details

TitleDrawn Together
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 5th, 2018
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
ISBN-139781484767603
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Art, Family, Cultural

Drawn Together Review

  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    Grandpa and boy can't communicate--language barrier, but one day Grandpa sees the kid drawing, he brings out some of his drawings, they draw together, and in the process become more closely "drawn together," heh.One curious thing is that Le tells this story but does not draw it, making this fiction, I suspect. Caldecott medalist Dan Santat does the illustration, which happens in two styles, the boy's contemporary style comics and Grandpa's classically historical Asian illustration, which in the Grandpa and boy can't communicate--language barrier, but one day Grandpa sees the kid drawing, he brings out some of his drawings, they draw together, and in the process become more closely "drawn together," heh.One curious thing is that Le tells this story but does not draw it, making this fiction, I suspect. Caldecott medalist Dan Santat does the illustration, which happens in two styles, the boy's contemporary style comics and Grandpa's classically historical Asian illustration, which in the drawing together blend somewhat, which I like.
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  • Luanne Ollivier
    January 1, 1970
    Drawn Together is a new children's picture book from author Minh Lê and illustrator Dan Santat.Before Little Guy and Gramma turned the first page we talked about the images on the cover - what would we find inside. As well as the dual meaning of 'drawn'.Who do you think the two people on the cover could be? What about the 'elf' with the wand be? And the 'scary' black and white character? The flyleaf has some crayon scribble illustrations that are so real, Little Guy thought someone had colored i Drawn Together is a new children's picture book from author Minh Lê and illustrator Dan Santat.Before Little Guy and Gramma turned the first page we talked about the images on the cover - what would we find inside. As well as the dual meaning of 'drawn'.Who do you think the two people on the cover could be? What about the 'elf' with the wand be? And the 'scary' black and white character? The flyleaf has some crayon scribble illustrations that are so real, Little Guy thought someone had colored inside!There is very little text in Drawn Together, asking the reader to tell much of the story through observing, imagining and wondering about the illustrations. What a great idea! The Grandpa and grandson have differences - food, language, interests etc. Little Guy is quite intuitive when it comes to facial expressions and really focused on these. We kept turning pages asking each other - what do you think?They discover they can communicate through drawing. "All the things we could never say come pouring out....and we build a new world that words can't describe." Heroes and mythical creatures illustrate the connection and divide between the two. Little Guy is quite literal and was a bit frightened by the dragon. But subsequent pages have the dragon defeated and the distance between the two conquered.Gramma thought the concept of Drawn Together was excellent - one that can be used in so many life situations. Caldecott Medalist Santat's illustrations are detailed and very beautiful - a perfect accompaniment.
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  • Chance Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Touching story about bridging a gap between ages, languages, and cultures.
  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    So wonderful, this book about a grandparent, from the child's point of view*. Lovely concept from Minh Le, and Dan Santat has truly outdone himself with these illustrations. *Pair with Nana in the City, by Lauren Castillo.
  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    This book was remarkable. A young boy visits his aging grandfather who seems to have lost the ability to make conversation, but the boy soon discovers a new way of communication. My dad has vascular dementia and I find myself often in this same situation. I loved how the author was so delicate and respectful to this issue.
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  • Anna Smithberger
    January 1, 1970
    Gorgeous book! I don’t think I could do it justice in storytime, so I’ll just have to talk it up to EVERYONE
  • Jillian Heise
    January 1, 1970
    Holy wow...Stunning...in both story & illustrations. This is a must-read/must-share picture book about family, communication, bravery, and love. Preorder it now - I'll already call it as one of the best picture books of 2018. I can't wait to share it with kids.
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  • Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
    January 1, 1970
    A grade school age boy is dropped off at his Grandfather's house for a habitual visit. Although the grandpa greets him with a big smile, the boy appears slightly annoyed and downcast. As they sit down for dinner with radically different dishes, the reader finds out that the Grandpa doesn't speak English and the boy doesn't speak Vietnamese. As the day/weekend progress and the communication barrier grows, the boy pulls out his drawing supplies with a smile and creates a wizard version of himself. A grade school age boy is dropped off at his Grandfather's house for a habitual visit. Although the grandpa greets him with a big smile, the boy appears slightly annoyed and downcast. As they sit down for dinner with radically different dishes, the reader finds out that the Grandpa doesn't speak English and the boy doesn't speak Vietnamese. As the day/weekend progress and the communication barrier grows, the boy pulls out his drawing supplies with a smile and creates a wizard version of himself. His grandpa grabs a seat next to him and draws his own superhero version of himself. Through their drawings, they are finally able to connect and have a shared experience.A beautiful depiction of the language barrier between family members and how we can connect with each other in more ways than words. A short story for the older kids but may be a relevant topic in their lives.Reviewed by: Miss Kelsey, Youth and School Services, Vernon Area Public Library
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    *Note: My review is based on a galley so there maybe some changes before it goes to print.This is fabulous! Ever the masterful artist, Dan Santat once again lends his talented hands to a picture book chock-full of detailed, colorful, terrific illustrations that perfectly complement the text. The story itself is timeless. Two generations, a grandfather and his grandson, with seemingly little in common genetics aside. But the pen truly is mighty for through their shared affinity for drawing the pa *Note: My review is based on a galley so there maybe some changes before it goes to print.This is fabulous! Ever the masterful artist, Dan Santat once again lends his talented hands to a picture book chock-full of detailed, colorful, terrific illustrations that perfectly complement the text. The story itself is timeless. Two generations, a grandfather and his grandson, with seemingly little in common genetics aside. But the pen truly is mighty for through their shared affinity for drawing the pair forge a union. Although it is still early in the year it certainly gets my nomination for a Caldecott contender!
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  • Emma Andje
    January 1, 1970
    Because of their inability to converse with each other, a boy and his grandfather are sure that they will spend their day together quietly apart. However, when the boy begins to draw, the grandfather finds a way to communicate with his grandson: through picutres! The pair spends their day creating a story that combines their artistic styles and cultures, showing that art can transcend the language barrier between them. Drawn Together gorgeously illustrates how one can build a relationship withou Because of their inability to converse with each other, a boy and his grandfather are sure that they will spend their day together quietly apart. However, when the boy begins to draw, the grandfather finds a way to communicate with his grandson: through picutres! The pair spends their day creating a story that combines their artistic styles and cultures, showing that art can transcend the language barrier between them. Drawn Together gorgeously illustrates how one can build a relationship without conversing in a spoken language.I was given an ARC of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    When language becomes a barrier, even in families where the newer generation was not raised with their family's native language, the boy and his grandfather find common ground through illustration creating vivid, three dimensional worlds that leave them closer than they were when they were eating separate foods, speaking separate languages, enjoying separate things. The sentimentality of the grandparent/grandchild connection is just as important as it's diversity in characters.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    A young boy and his grandfather have difficulty communicating (whether that's a language barrier or just a generational one is ambiguous, but likely intentionally) but find drawing as their means of connecting with each other. A story with a beautiful message and equally beautiful illustrations. I could see this one being in Caldecott contention. My only criticism is that I found the middle of the story a little muddled and confusing, but the ending was absolutely stellar.
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  • Julie Kirchner
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn’t wait for this picture book! Minh Le and Dan Santat have created a beautiful masterpiece in both words and pictures. This is an amazing story of a boy and his grandfather spending the day together. Their language barrier comes crashing down when they share their love of drawing and creativity. The power of art cannot be underestimated! Loved this book.
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  • Kris Dersch
    January 1, 1970
    An absolutely gorgeous book...from story to illustrations. My 4-year-old was totally into it, it's totally going to make adults cry, a truly multigenerational book *many* people and families will relate to. All about bridging gaps, figuratively and literally and the power of art. Can't see this being a disappointment to anyone who picks it up.
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  • Anna Martino
    January 1, 1970
    My friend just showed me this amazing picture book by Minh Le, Illustrated by Dan Santat. Beautiful story about a young Thai boy, who discovered a way to connect with this grandfather, who doesn't speak English, through drawing. It made me cry just now. You can watch Dan Santat speak about the process here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpNR2...
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  • Marjorie Ingall
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely depiction of cross-generational communication through the joy of making art. Dan Santat's illustrations are confident, funny, and informed by both pop culture and Thai folklore (not that you need to know this to appreciate the book). I looked at the title page and noticed that the book is set in Danvetica; that's pretty boss, having your own font, Dan Santat. A sweet book for grandparents and kids to enjoy together.
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  • Margie
    January 1, 1970
    Yesterday, June 17, 2018, the third Sunday in June, was celebrated as Father's Day around the world. It is a time to honor and remember those who have figured prominently in our lives. Of my dad the memories are abundant. Not a day passes without something he said or did coming to mind. Of my two grandfathers I have much less. These two necklaces, more than one hundred years old, and a rattle he made for my mom are all I have to remember my mother's father. Mom believed he might have been Native Yesterday, June 17, 2018, the third Sunday in June, was celebrated as Father's Day around the world. It is a time to honor and remember those who have figured prominently in our lives. Of my dad the memories are abundant. Not a day passes without something he said or did coming to mind. Of my two grandfathers I have much less. These two necklaces, more than one hundred years old, and a rattle he made for my mom are all I have to remember my mother's father. Mom believed he might have been Native American but he died from an accident when she was four. I have words from my dad's dad which have sustained me on more than one occasion. Barely one when he was in the hospital, having suffered a heart attack, I was outside in the hall putting up a fuss because I could not see him. He said, "You can't keep Margie down." He never came home.These men in our lives, whether they are living or have died, have and will influence us. In our youth we may feel as though they can't possibly understand us. Sometimes it seems like we have no common ground. Drawn Together (Disney Hyperion, June 5, 2018) written by Minh Le (Let Me Finish! Disney Hyperion, June 7, 2016) with illustrations by Dan Santat (After The Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again Roaring Brook Press, October 3, 2017) is a moving, truthful journey taken by a grandfather and his grandson. Love always finds a way.My full recommendation: http://librariansquest.blogspot.com/2...
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great book about how regardless of your language, nationality, style, age, or whatever somethings extend across that divide. That it takes courage and work to move forward towards acceptance of one another.
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    January 1, 1970
    Everything about this book is beautiful.
  • Marissa
    January 1, 1970
    This book gave me shivers.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    A dazzling story about estrangement and connection through art making.
  • Liz Todd
    January 1, 1970
    Near wordless. In fact, I might have liked it better wordlessly. :)Beautiful story of bonding and the power of artistic expression.
  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    This gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. If you've ever struggled with communicating with someone you love in any way whatsoever, this will speak to you. Beautiful and meaningful.
  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    This book was everything
  • Allison Wysong
    January 1, 1970
    Very cute, I love the mixing of styles. I almost wish it was wordless though. The art feels strong enough to support it.
  • Meredith Spidel
    January 1, 1970
    What a precious, and important book! Thanks so much to @disneybooks for sending our way for review--we so love the heart of this book! Not to mention the gorgeous illustrations! #ad
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Curse you, Santat, I find myself holding back tears... again... as I am overwhelmed by your illustrations. Stunning.
  • Katie Dicesare
    January 1, 1970
    Collaboration, bravery — I cried when Minh Le wrote —-we see each other for the first time. Fantastic!
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    As expected, a gorgeous book with a wonderful message. Definitely a Caldecott contender.
  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    January 1, 1970
    Unique, heartfelt, gorgeous, and truly a wonderful book.
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