Publishers Weekly September

Publishers Weekly, USA, reviewed ‘The Dark and the Light’:
Kerstin Hau, illus. by Julie Völk.
NorthSouth, $17.95 (40p)
ISBN 978-0-735843-85-1

[…] Hau expertly expands a familiar metaphor for sadness and houses it in the surreal. Völk’s delicate artwork employs the cyanotype method […]. At first, Shaggy’s world distinctly occupies the left page and Sparkle’s the right; as their conversation unfolds, the bluish band shifts and bends with the emotional arc.
A pensive and affecting story about how togetherness emboldens tired spirits, especially in the darkest corners.

Quelle: Rezension vom 11.09.2019

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The Dark and the Light

Die erste Rezension der englischen Ausgabe von Das Dunkle und das Helle ist in den USA unter Kirkus Reviews online:

The Dark and the Light CoverKIRKUS REVIEW
Two creatures venture out of their respective realms, one of complete darkness and the other all sunshine, as their friendship grows.

Shaggy (twiggy, tall, and bristled) sadly peers through the darkness to the “place of shining colors,” wishing he could visit; Sparkle (egg shaped, with lop ears and pink cheeks) takes a sunbath and wonders about the “dark and gloomy” across the way. When the two eventually meet in the “band of gray-blue—[the] half light and half dark” middle space, a friendship forms, one that emboldens them to cross borders. Children will enjoy exploring both territories, mysterious, airy, otherworldly places drawn in what looks like pencil and crayon atop cyanotype backgrounds. Cyanotype illustrations make use of solar paper to create saturated exposures of midnight blue, with objects and etchings appearing in a ghostly white. Backmatter explains this unusual process (and also provides step-by-step DIY directions) in clear, accessible language for children keen to learn. How clever to harness a medium dependent upon light and dark, one that renders exquisite artwork in both the inkiest blues and the luminous whites! This moving picture book offers many metaphors and connections, allowing young readers to see how friends help us navigate happy and sad times, worlds of darkness and light manageable only with a lantern of friendship to light the way.

An unusual, tender, and emotional journey in and out of the shadows. (Picture book. 6-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 3rd, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-7358-4385-1
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: NorthSouth
Review Posted Online: June 23rd, 2019
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2019