|Now||2018||Previous||Articles||Road Essays||Road Reviews||Author||Title||Source||Age||Genre||Series||Format||Inclusivity||LGBTA||Portfolio|
Draw! by Raúl Colón is a wordless picture book about a boy's safari dreams, inspired by a day in bed drawing from the photos and descriptions in his book on Africa.
Draw! reads like a large format flip book, one drawing leading into the next. Colón uses many colored lines, cross hatched to make textured, vibrant pieces.
But being set in the African savanna, there's lot of yellow, tan, beige, and brown. The repetitive patterns and palette makes all the pieces blend together into a vague memory of African animal drawings.
Here's a case where the lack of words is a disservice to the art. These drawings need their space. They need context. When I've shown this book to children, none of them could summarize the story. Nor were they particularly inspired by it.