A review for Suzy Lee's MIRROR-Consequence, joy, shame, trepidation, friendship all wrapped up without words.
Suzy Lee’s Mirror is as the dust jacket suggests, “a visual tour
de force.”But, I am going to add,
emotional tour de force to the accolades.
“Reading it” as an adult I am immediately taken back to one
of my favorite Margaret Attwood poem- Tricks with Mirrors.Like the poem, this story is a layer upon
layer of complexities. Mirror, in true
Suzy Lee fashion, is told with such a soft and “simple” touch.Once more she keeps colors to a minimum going
for a charcoal black and uses shading and the white of the page to tell the
story.In Mirror, the accent color is…
I swear Suzy Lee knows my daughter.This book is so my Mia.Down to the peeking out from between the
fingers with mock fear, and of course the dancing.Though I do wonder whether Mia would ever see
her shadow/reflection as anything other than her.Unlike my daughter, the girl in Mirror sees
the reflection as a new friend.
This concept, playing with her reflection it takes us the
reader and the girl to the first of the most stunningly simple and heart
stopping page spreads.I won’t tell you
what it is.
There are however, in my opinion, two shockingly brilliant
page turns in this book.The one in the
middle I just mentioned and one at the end.
I am still in a quiet place with THAT page spread. A quiet
place filled with awe and wonder. Suzy
just took the reader THERE.The fact
that she did it almost takes away from the beautiful visual of how THERE
One of the things I love so much about a Suzy Lee book is
ability to illustrate, incorporate and fold the reader into universal emotions.She gets kids.She gets humans. But more importantly she really gets those
quiet moments that change a person.
Mirror is my new favorite Picture Book. I LOVE Shadow. I LOVE
Lines, I LOVE Wave. I love many other authors books, but right now Mirror is the
Queen in my world.Thank you! Thank you,