THE YELLOW UMBRELLA by Henrik Drescher


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No one would claim this is Drescher's magnum opus, but it is 40 small pages of astonishingly efficient storytelling. In black line with yellow overlays, he draws the wordless story of a zoo-bound mother-and-child pair of monkeys. A yellow umbrella drops into their enclosure, and a high wind carries it--and them--off on a round of adventures. Pure Drescher in scratchiness of line, inventiveness of incident, the story brings the monkeys on a roundabout journey back to the jungle, where they are reunited with their mate and father, and the family group then sleeps under the shade of the umbrella. This doesn't make the demands on his audience that the illustrator's earlier books do, but it is oddly satisfying for its simplicity.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1987
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Bradbury