Blog Tour: Silent Words by Chantal Fournier: Review + Giveaway

December 14, 2013

Hello, people! I'm super glad to be part of Novel Publicity's Tour for Silent Words by Chantal Fournier (Author) and Nicolas Lajeunesse (Illustrator). I wasn't so sure about joining at first, but then, once I had a look at the sample pages, I was sold. And I'm really excited that I get the chance to share this wonderful book with you all!

Title: Silent Words
Author: Chantal Fournier
Illustrator: Nicolas Lajeunesse
Publication date: Nomvember 26, 2013
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Genre: Children
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Zelda loves to talk. She always asks a million questions and her head is full of words like apple, bunny, cartwheel and dwizzledoodle. But when a sudden storm turns Zelda’s world upside down, all her words go silent. Zelda must embark on a quest across mountains, forests and oceans to find her parents—and her voice.

This moving tale about loss and hope will tug at your heartstrings. Author Chantal Fournier’s poetic storytelling style and illustrator Nicolas Lajeunesse’s evocative artwork combine to create a poignant story in which a child discovers comfort in the power of words.
Zelda is a young girl who loves to talk. One day, when she and her parents go to the park, a storm carries her parents away, and Zelda is left behind. Since no one can find her parents, Zelda goes to live with her grandmother. But with everything in her life now topsy turvy, Zelda no longer has any words to speak. But in her head, the words keep building up, up, up, until they become one big cloud of words that she lugs around everywhere. When the cloud of words becomes too big for the house, Zelda decides that she must embark on a journey to find her parents.

Silent Words is a story about a young girl coming to terms with grief. The prose is simply worded, easy for children to understand, and written with a certain harmony of words that little older children & adults can appreciate. Zelda's use of her words to try to find her parents and cope with her loss felt like a symbolization of how you can use words (writing) to come to terms with things. But i could be wrong. It just felt that way to me.

The illustration in Silent Words is SO SO beautiful, you guys. I'm someone who gives a lot of importance to design and illustration, and in this book, it's perfect. It's unlike anything I've ever seen in any children's book, slightly more mature and serious, but it captures your imagination so beautifully, and is a perfect companion to the written words. Nicolas Lajeunesse has dome a marvelous job of making this book come alive with his illustrations, and I think that's very important, especially for a children's book, as it helps them visualise the story that much better. At least it did for me. But the thing about Lajeunesse's illustrations is that even adults will enjoy it, with it's modernised look. I wish I had one of his prints to hang on my wall. They're so perfect. *sigh* I'm so jealous of illustrators. Imagine living with so much beauty in your head.

Silent Words would be more suitable for a little older audience, maybe 7 years and up, since the protagonist loses her parents, which, I dont think will make for very enjoyable reading for very young children.

Bottomline: Silent Words will make for a wonderful reading experience for both children and adults, with its simply worded prose, accompanied by imaginative illustrations.

Here's a sample look at the illustrations in the book!


Book Trailer

About The Creators of Silent Words
Chantal Fournier (Author)
Originally from a small-ish city not too far from Montreal, I now live in Toronto, Canada, after a long stint on the beautiful Canadian West Coast, where I taught French to university students. Silent Words, the story of a girl floating on a peculiar cloud, is my debut book. It is the fruit of a long collaboration with my artistic husband, Nicolas.

Nicolas Lajeunesse (Illustrator)
As the son of a sculptor and the grandson of a painter, art has always been a part of my life. After studying filmmaking in Montreal and working with my father for a few years, I left my French-Canadian roots and headed for the West Coast, where I discovered digital arts. I live in Toronto, Canada, with my wife and family.

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