La La La: A Story of Hope

La La La: A Story of Hope


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Conceived by Kate DiCamillo and featuring enchanting illustrations by Jaime Kim, this nearly wordless graphic story follows a little girl in search of a friend.

“La la la . . . la.” A little girl stands alone and sings, but hears no response. Gathering her courage and her curiosity, she skips farther out into the world, singing away to the trees and the pond and the reeds — but no song comes back to her. Day passes into night, and the girl dares to venture into the darkness toward the light of the moon, becoming more insistent in her singing, climbing as high as she can, but still there is silence in return. Dejected, she falls asleep on the ground, only to be awakened by an amazing sound. . . . She has been heard. At last. With the simplest of narratives and the near absence of words, Kate DiCamillo conveys a lonely child’s yearning for someone who understands. With a subtle palette and captivating expressiveness, Jaime Kim brings to life an endearing character and a transcendent landscape that invite readers along on an emotionally satisfying journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763658335
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 85,673
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is the beloved author of many books for children, including Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux, both of which received Newbery Medals. A former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, she lives in Minneapolis.

Jaime (Jimyung) Kim was born and raised in Korea before moving to the United States at the age of eighteen. She works in gouache and acrylics to create her beautiful, tender, and dreamlike landscapes and characters. Jaime Kim lives in North Carolina.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

March 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987

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La La La: A Story of Hope 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
My personal opinion is that books are sources of information and their purpose is to promote knowledge and literacy. A "wordless" book or one with extremely limited wordage does nothing to promote literacy. Knowledge can be imparted in various ways. So in essence a wordless book's pictures are the platform on which the impartation of knowledge is transmitted. In the case of La La La the pictures are charming and so is the little girl. The colors are strong yet somewhat neutral and definitely beyond the primary range. The little girl's facial expressions depict a variety of emotions, especially frustration and/or anger. It is obvious at the beginning that she is singing and getting no response to her performance. So on the story goes until she elicits a response from the Moon to her little song. Frankly, while I found it a nice book, well done, well drawn, and certainly lengthy enough (a bit longer than usual picture books), I feel it will leave much to be desired as a book for small children. Parents will definitely have to interpret the book for them. The pursuit for someone to respond to her singing and pay some attention to her on the part of the child is typical of the lonely child. I would think the moon represents the audience of the child's parent who finally gives the needed response interacting with the child. My rating for the book? Probably a 5-star for the art (love the little girl and also the way it depicts day and night); and I would also say it rates a 5-star for the idea of "hope," though transferring the author's idea to the pages of the book was weak resulting in a 2-star for the "story". A bit more wordage in the storyline would have been beneficial. While the author is one with a tremendously good reputation for storytelling, it is my opinion that this little book leaves a bit to be desired. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy from Candlewick Press to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and other opinions may certainly differ. I was not compensated for this review.