by Debi Gliori
I don't read many picture books, but as soon as I read the summary for this one I knew it was one I had to read and I have zero regrets.Summary: With stunning black and white illustration and deceptively simple text, author and illustrator Debi Gliori examines how depression affects one's whole outlook upon life, and shows that there can be an escape - it may not be easy to find, but it is there. Drawn from Debi's own experiences and with a moving testimony at the end of the book explaining how depression has affected her and how she continues to cope, Debi hopes that by sharing her own experience she can help others who suffer from depression, and to find that subtle shift that will show the way out.
For starters, the illustrations were absolutely stunning. Using dragons as the embodiment of depression was such a perfect choice. And I love that it was really minimal with the text -- it's so easy to fill page after page with thousands of words, trying to make sense of mental illness, trying to write it in a way that makes sense...but Debi manages to capture the feeling exactly right in just a few simple lines and I loved that.
It's such a sad and lovely and hopeful book and I can't think of much else to say about it except I highly recommend it -- if you want to understand depression or if you have depression and want to feel understood.
I'd rate it 5 stars out of 5.