Drawn Together by Minh Le

Drawn Together

When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens-with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.With spare, direct text by Minh Lê and luminous illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, this stirring picturebook about reaching across barriers will be cherished for yea...

Details Drawn Together

TitleDrawn Together
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Family, Art, Cultural

Reviews Drawn Together

  • David Schaafsma
    Grandpa and boy can't communicate--language barrier, but one day Grandpa sees the kid drawing, he brings out some of his drawings, they draw together, and in the process become more closely "drawn together," heh.One curious thing is that Le tells this story but does not draw it, making this fiction, I suspect. Caldecott medalist Dan Santat does the illustration, which happens in two styles, the boy's contemporary style comics and Grandpa's classi...
  • Luanne Ollivier
    Drawn Together is a new children's picture book from author Minh Lê and illustrator Dan Santat.Before Little Guy and Gramma turned the first page we talked about the images on the cover - what would we find inside. As well as the dual meaning of 'drawn'.Who do you think the two people on the cover could be? What about the 'elf' with the wand be? And the 'scary' black and white character? The flyleaf has some crayon scribble illustrations that ar...
  • Chance Lee
    Touching story about bridging a gap between ages, languages, and cultures.
  • KC
    This book was remarkable. A young boy visits his aging grandfather who seems to have lost the ability to make conversation, but the boy soon discovers a new way of communication. My dad has vascular dementia and I find myself often in this same situation. I loved how the author was so delicate and respectful to this issue.
  • Anna Smithberger
    Gorgeous book! I don’t think I could do it justice in storytime, so I’ll just have to talk it up to EVERYONE
  • Jillian Heise
    Holy wow...Stunning...in both story & illustrations. This is a must-read/must-share picture book about family, communication, bravery, and love. Preorder it now - I'll already call it as one of the best picture books of 2018. I can't wait to share it with kids.
  • Sandy
    Wow! With few words, this children’s book shows us the power of unspoken language. I loved how the novel came alive, as each of the characters grabbed their choice of writing instruments to draw and to connect to each other. The years faded between the grandfather and his grandson as they sketched and united on paper.Mother dropped her son off at her father’s house and immediately you can sense the dread the boy feels as he trudged up to his ...
  • Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
    A grade school age boy is dropped off at his Grandfather's house for a habitual visit. Although the grandpa greets him with a big smile, the boy appears slightly annoyed and downcast. As they sit down for dinner with radically different dishes, the reader finds out that the Grandpa doesn't speak English and the boy doesn't speak Vietnamese. As the day/weekend progress and the communication barrier grows, the boy pulls out his drawing supplies wit...
  • Sarah
    *Note: My review is based on a galley so there maybe some changes before it goes to print.This is fabulous! Ever the masterful artist, Dan Santat once again lends his talented hands to a picture book chock-full of detailed, colorful, terrific illustrations that perfectly complement the text. The story itself is timeless. Two generations, a grandfather and his grandson, with seemingly little in common genetics aside. But the pen truly is mighty fo...
  • Margaret Boling
    7/8/2018 ~~ A tale common to many families - a child and grandparent don't speak the same language. How do they maintain connections and understanding? In this case through drawing. The boy is clearly bored as he goes for routine visits to had grandfather's home...bored until he discovers that his grandfather loves to draw too. Through their sketchbooks, they create amazing stories together. Santat's illustrations are vivid and full of energy. Hi...
  • Emma Andje
    Because of their inability to converse with each other, a boy and his grandfather are sure that they will spend their day together quietly apart. However, when the boy begins to draw, the grandfather finds a way to communicate with his grandson: through picutres! The pair spends their day creating a story that combines their artistic styles and cultures, showing that art can transcend the language barrier between them. Drawn Together gorgeously i...
  • Alicia
    When language becomes a barrier, even in families where the newer generation was not raised with their family's native language, the boy and his grandfather find common ground through illustration creating vivid, three dimensional worlds that leave them closer than they were when they were eating separate foods, speaking separate languages, enjoying separate things. The sentimentality of the grandparent/grandchild connection is just as important ...
  • Beth
    A young boy and his grandfather have difficulty communicating (whether that's a language barrier or just a generational one is ambiguous, but likely intentionally) but find drawing as their means of connecting with each other. A story with a beautiful message and equally beautiful illustrations. I could see this one being in Caldecott contention. My only criticism is that I found the middle of the story a little muddled and confusing, but the end...
  • Julie Kirchner
    I couldn’t wait for this picture book! Minh Le and Dan Santat have created a beautiful masterpiece in both words and pictures. This is an amazing story of a boy and his grandfather spending the day together. Their language barrier comes crashing down when they share their love of drawing and creativity. The power of art cannot be underestimated! Loved this book.
  • Kris Dersch
    An absolutely gorgeous book...from story to illustrations. My 4-year-old was totally into it, it's totally going to make adults cry, a truly multigenerational book *many* people and families will relate to. All about bridging gaps, figuratively and literally and the power of art. Can't see this being a disappointment to anyone who picks it up.
  • Rachel
    A gorgeously illustrated novel about a young Vietnamese-American boy and his non-English-speaking grandfather discovering that they share an interest in drawing. Expressed in minimal words, Minh Le's words and Dan Santat's art tell a touching, gentle story about finding different ways to communicate with people you love.
  • Anna Martino
    My friend just showed me this amazing picture book by Minh Le, Illustrated by Dan Santat. Beautiful story about a young Thai boy, who discovered a way to connect with this grandfather, who doesn't speak English, through drawing. It made me cry just now. You can watch Dan Santat speak about the process here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpNR2...
  • Marjorie Ingall
    A lovely depiction of cross-generational communication through the joy of making art. Dan Santat's illustrations are confident, funny, and informed by both pop culture and Thai folklore (not that you need to know this to appreciate the book). I looked at the title page and noticed that the book is set in Danvetica; that's pretty boss, having your own font, Dan Santat. A sweet book for grandparents and kids to enjoy together.
  • Margie
    Yesterday, June 17, 2018, the third Sunday in June, was celebrated as Father's Day around the world. It is a time to honor and remember those who have figured prominently in our lives. Of my dad the memories are abundant. Not a day passes without something he said or did coming to mind. Of my two grandfathers I have much less. These two necklaces, more than one hundred years old, and a rattle he made for my mom are all I have to remember my mothe...
  • Emily
    This is a great book about how regardless of your language, nationality, style, age, or whatever somethings extend across that divide. That it takes courage and work to move forward towards acceptance of one another.
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    Everything about this book is beautiful.
  • Marissa
    This book gave me shivers.
  • Anita
    All the stars. Crossing the generational, cultural divide through art, storytelling, and fantasy.
  • Karen
    A dazzling story about estrangement and connection through art making.
  • Liz Todd
    Near wordless. In fact, I might have liked it better wordlessly. :)Beautiful story of bonding and the power of artistic expression.
  • Jason
    This gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. If you've ever struggled with communicating with someone you love in any way whatsoever, this will speak to you. Beautiful and meaningful.
  • Shari
    WOW! Powerful, beautiful, leaves ME speechless.
  • Lindsey
    This book was everything
  • Molly Dettmann
    Beautiful illustrations complementing a sweet story.