Picture Books - Night Wall
Julie and Sarah have escaped from their "cartoon lives"
of the city for an empty house in a deep West coast forest. Julie
brings her overactive and brooding imagination with her which manifests
as monsters in the forest after she employs men to build a wall
in the back yard. Sarah, who is much younger, sees Julie's monsters
for what they really are.
by Maurice Sendack, Chris Van Allsburg, and Hayou Miyazake, Night
Wall was a blast for me to create. I had so much fun I didn't worry
that it took me five years to complete. (I had a day job.) I rewrote
the text as a young adult short story to flesh out themes I was
only able to touch upon in the picture book. However, very perceptive
children have been quite taken with the story. While reading to
a grade 4 class, a young girl got up, walked over to me, tapped
me on the shoulder to stop me reading and whispered in my ear. She
told me what she thought the story was "really about."
When she saw the surprised look on my face, and I nodded to confirm
what she had discovered, she rejoined the group and sat with a big
smile on her face. This sort of thing happened several times and
it's quite amazing.
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