Kim’s spreads form a long, almost cinematic sequence. The girl is adorable, though the night world she moves through is dazzling rather than cute—it takes bravery and audacity to sing to that beauty. DiCamillo’s story, told with a single word, is one even youngest readers can understand. Everyone wants to be seen, and everyone wants someone to sing back to them.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
DiCamillo and Kim combine their considerable talents in this almost wordless picture book that speaks to a universal longing: the hope that we are not alone…Kim’s gouache-and-acrylic artwork, graphically strong and full of heart, illuminates DiCamillo’s concept. Adults could almost use this as flip-book with children, so full of movement are the pictures. But the best use will be as a springboard for discussion about loneliness, life, and love.
In a nearly wordless book, DiCamillo delivers an inspiring, powerful story beautifully realized through Kim’s mixed-media illustrations…The square format contains soft colors that contrast with strong geometric design elements, subtly underscoring the push and pull of emotional tension. The limited palette of comforting, complementary purples and yellows along with the character’s expressive body language evoke both her loneliness and determination to overcome it. For a dreamer, it’s easy to imagine a singer in the benevolent face in the moon—here it’s a symbol of hope.
This low-key, visually striking exploration of loneliness and friendship may resonate with adults and some introspective children, but broad appeal seems unlikely. Educators could use it as a writing prompt or discussion starter or for encouraging children to express their feelings in some kind of visual medium—painting, collage, clay work…Kim has taken DiCamillo’s “small, tentative song” and turned it into a chorale. .
—School Library Journal
Some books are striking because of their content. Some stand out because they are unlike anything that creator has made before…This one is a little of both. It’s a fully-realized story (with sizable assistance from Jaime Kim) written by a Newbery winner containing one word consisting of two letters. Also, it’s about a girl striking up a friendship with the moon.
—100 Scope Notes (blog)
Two-time Newbery Medalist DiCamillo, one of Minnesota’s favorite authors, and best-selling illustrator Jaime Kim collaborate to tell a simple and sweet story…This book fits DiCamillo’s theme when she was National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature — Stories Connect Us.
The text of this book is one word: La. But the story is abundantly clear.
Sometimes you don’t need words to tell a story, and this wordless picture book does just that.