The DWJ Project: Yes, Dear

Not much to say about this one. It is, to the best of my knowledge, the only straight-up picture book Diana Wynne Jones ever wrote. That being a genre I’m almost completely ignorant of, I’m more or less completely unqualified to judge whether this one’s any good.

The story, such as it is, concerns a girl who finds a magic leaf, but nobody in her family will believe her about it. The artwork is pleasing enough. If you have a small person in your acquaintance and you want to get them started on DWJ as early as possible, you might have use for this book; otherwise, it’s far too slight to really be appreciated in the same way as her other work.

0 Responses to “The DWJ Project: Yes, Dear”

  1. wshaffer

    I had no idea that DWJ had written a picture book. I know a small person who is a voracious reader and has a 3rd birthday coming up – this might be right up her alley.

    • Marie Brennan

      I am also totally unqualified to guess at the age range it’s suitable for, but Amazon claims it’s 4 and up. Voracious readers being what they are, it might work for a three-year-old. (Or her parents can hold onto it for a little while.)

      • fjm

        It’s perfect for three year olds because it’s about that period in a child’s life where the grasp on reality is a bit dodgy: anything alive, is alive and has personality.

        I loved this book because it’s a perfect miniature of a Jones plot where the ordinary becomes extraordinary and the world is seen through wavy glass.

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