I Am Smoke
Smoke speaks in mesmerizing riddles: “I lack a mouth, but I can speak…. I lack hands, but I can push out unwanted guests…. I’m gentler than a feather, but I can cause harm…". This rhythmically powerful narration is complemented by illustrations in which swirling smoke was captured on art paper held over smoky candle flames, and the dancing smoke textures were then deepened and elaborated with watercolors and Photoshop finishes. With this unique method, Merce López “let the smoke decide how the idea I had in mind would dance with it, giving freedom to the images.”
The resulting illustrations are astounding, and they resonate with the otherworldly text.
The watercolor illustrations are unique and children can pick out the smoke in each scene. Smoke gives the pictures a mysterious vibe and a darker tone, yet the message is a positive one. Even though most people think negative things about smoke, the author does an excellent job at teaching children the helpful uses it has. I admit I even learned a few things and it makes me think of smoke a bit differently. It also teaches to look for the good in things instead of focusing on the bad.
Final Verdict. I AM SMOKE is an intriguing book and I enjoyed it as much as my daughter. I would recommend this for fans of history or for those who are just looking for something different to add to their library.