In 2021 I completed a wordless artist book for my little granddaughter, who was about a year old at the time. I produced it by converting a discarded kid’s library book, using the same process I’ve used for similar books in the past.
Look here if you want to see more about how I make these books and to view one of my past books.
This particular volume does have a story, though. I had been working on it off and on for a long time and getting nowhere. Other projects kept coming along. One day I took it out to see about finishing it up and to consider what I might write to accompany the images. It struck me that it was fine just as it was, without words.
And I thought my granddaughter might like it when she is a little older, and she can make up stories to go with the pictures herself.
Like the content, the cover has no words. The book has no title. I guess it can be called whatever the reader wants.
What a fun idea!
Thank you. I was going to put more into it, and words, and then I thought, why not let the reader decide? And make up her own stories, that might be fun. I am glad I did it this way.
Oh my goodness how wonderful – I love the use of the “past due” – brilliant!
These are wonderful! I love that bits of the original book are still peeking through too. I think this is a beautiful project and I am certain it will become a family heirloom. I am glad you added no text so that the reader can conjure up their own narrative. My preschool students love the books I read that have minimal text. The books actually become richer in many ways because of it.
Thank you. I always want these books to show that they started life in another incarnation or phase and leaving parts of the old book behind are important, I think.