Shadow, which is about the interplay of light, shadow, and imagination. With the simple click of a light bulb in a storage room, a girl unlocks a whole new world. This book features the objects casting the shadow on one side of the page, while the other side shows the shadows. At first the shadows are recognizable as a ladder, a hose, and a bicycle. But then the girl creates a simple hand-shadow of a bird. The bird flies away, and gradually the shadows of common household objects grow into a whole jungle, complete with elephants, alligators, snakes, and a long-toothed creature that is initially scary, but ultimately harmless. The animals dance together in the jungle, swinging each other around and crossing the boundary between the pages. Shadow has one phrase—"Dinner's ready!"—which interrupts the girl's play and transforms the jungle back into the storage room, restoring the world to its strict order once again. A slightly more complex story than Wave, requiring the reader to look more closely at the images to decipher what's going on, it is nevertheless rewarding and charming. I found myself reading it several times to figure out which objects had caused what shadows.
Sarah Wood, a reviewer for teenreads.com and kidsreads.com since 2003, is a lifetime reader and writer. She refuses to accept that there are people who don't like to read and stubbornly believes this is only because they have not met the right book yet.