A new collaboration between John Agard and Satoshi Kitamura, this superb picture book celebrates communication, the power of language and how love can even sometimes supersede it. Creature-Of-No-Words is happy, happy to be furry, and never in a hurry. In fact, though he doesn’t know how to say it, living in a world of no-words, he’s mostly always happy. Similarly, he can appreciate the benefits of feeling warm and snug without knowing how to say fire. But there are some feelings that leave Creature-Of-No-Words frustrated and in pain, feelings that he can sense ‘un-making his day’. Luckily, Creature-Of-Words sees him groaning and understands his sadness, with no words said. She is able to teach him just the right word for the moment, and from that day on the two of them live together in a house full of words. The final spread reminds us that sometimes still, there’s nothing better than no-words, and ‘listening to sweet silence after a long rain.’ The simplicity and clarity of the message is enough to leave one speechless.
This will be a wonderful book to read with children – of all ages – and will prompt appreciation of the power of language and the importance of being able to share how we feel with others.