“Migrants is deeply emotional, unsentimental, dignified, respectful, beautiful. It is about courage, getting up, continuing on, starting again. It demands full emotional attention and makes us want to read it again and again.”

Julia Marshall



Migrants is a vital and powerful wordless picture book of courage, loss and hope—the definitive story of what it takes to migrate to a new land

Illustrated by Issa Watanabe


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  • Description

    This book narrates, with extraordinarily powerful images, the journey of a group of animals that leaves behind a leafless, nocturnal forest. It is the story of a great and unique migration, a journey where borders must be crossed, sacrifices made, loved ones left behind.

    With forceful simplicity, Migrants shows us the courage migration takes. Death looms throughout the journey. And arriving may mean burying a portion of the past.

  • Book Details

    Country of OriginMéxico
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  • Reviews

    1. Sophie Van den Linden

      This is a story about migration, a story about the threat of death and the danger of migration. The story brings this danger to the table with an incredible aesthetic—colour over a very high-pitched black. It includes a character who is a symbol of Death. Though at a distance from the animals, it follows them throughout their journey. There is also a sense of displacement, of movement, of living, which opposes Death. It is only when the animals look back that they realise what they have lost.

    2. Kirkus, Starred Review

      It’s a rare feat: a wordless picture book in which the absence of text intensifies the stories it tells. With its stark dearth of color, seen only where necessary, and evocative imagery, the artist’s pictures make the migrant’s journey — distinct yet everyday — feel palpable. A raw, startling portrait of migration.

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