June 17, 2018

THE DRESS AND THE GIRL

The Dress and the Girl by Camille Andros and Julie Morstad is a beautiful picture book about  the power of the memories we tie to the items we love.


A little girl and her favorite dress live on a Greek island where they are happy together. They are inseparable as they jump rope on the way to school, play tag, and pick wildflowers. But one day the girl and her family leave Greece for the United States, and the two are separated when the girl's trunk is lost. Many years later, though, the dress finds its way back to the girl––now, herself, the mother of a little girl––when the girl spots it in a thrift store window. The two are finally reunited, and the memories of their times together flooding back.  


Morstad's illustrations are soft and modest, and the attention to overall design detail is on point, with a unique casewrap and set of endpapers that reflect the story within. Morstad visually guides readers through Andros's story by matching the text's emotional high points with alternating full-bleed spreads and images and panel-like illustrations and mirroring the pacing of events. It's a quiet, pleasant read, and there's some added reread value with the visual subplot of following the trunk (versus the dress).


The Dress and the Girl publishes from Abrams on August 7! And here's a peek underneath the dust jacket!




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