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Draw the Line

Draw the Line

Kathryn Otoshi

Roaring Brook Press



Roaring Brook Press

Roaring Brook Press

On Sale: 10/10/2017

ISBN: 9781250195326

48 Pages, Ages 4-8

Draw the Line is a powerful picture book about forgiveness from Kathryn Otoshi, author of the bestselling book One.

When two boys draw their own lines and realize they can connect them together—magic happens!

But a misstep causes their lines to get crossed.

Push! Pull! Tug! Yank!
Soon their line unravels into an angry tug-of-war.

With a growing rift between them, will the boys ever find a way to come together again?

Acclaimed author/illustrator Kathryn Otoshi uses black and white illustrations with thoughtful splashes of color to create a powerful, multi-layered statement about friendship, boundaries, and healing after conflict.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2017

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

Praise for Draw the Line

“Otoshi's fluid watercolors are sheer loveliness, surpassed only by her ability to communicate big concepts with no words. A simple, beautiful concept whose reach grows with each rereading.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This wordless book uses symbolism to beautifully illustrate the damage that conflict can cause. The growing chasm, along with the mixed colors that clearly capture the boys’ feelings (yellow for happy, purple for unhappy) as they fluctuate, is striking. This beautiful analogy of conflict resolution is a must-have for all libraries.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Reminiscent of Chris Raschka's 1994 Caldecott Honor Yo! Yes?. Otoshi's watercolor illustrations are arresting and her characters so expressive, the youngest of readers may easily fill in the textless story for themselves . . . [A] striking wordless book.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review

“Powerful.” —Booklist

“Otoshi suggests that if those in conflict stay open to the possibilities, resolution can be found in unexpected places.” —Publishers Weekly


Kathryn Otoshi

Kathryn Otoshi is an award-winning author/illustrator, best known for her character-building number/color book series: One, Zero, and Two. She is also the co-author of Beautiful Hands, a book about possibilities and reaching your dreams. She travels across the country to encourage children to develop strong character traits and to help readers find creative methods to engage and connect with their students through the power of reading, art, and literature. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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