An explosion of color, light and life.

A New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book 2018

The Visitor


A story about friendship and shyness, full of light and colour, that plays out in a mini theatre.  A book for kids and all ages.


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  • Description

    Elise was frightened—of spiders, people, even trees. So she never went out, night or day.

    One day a strange thing flies in through the window and lands at her feet. And then there comes a knock at the door. Elise has a visitor who will change everything.

    This is a gentle, sympathetic story about a child who unwittingly brings
    light and colour—literally—into a lonely person’s life.

    A children’s book for all ages.

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin Germany
    Reader Age 2-5 year, 5-7 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. The 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books

      In Antje Damm’s remarkable “The Visitor,” a boy rushes into a lonely woman’s black-and-white 3-D collage world, bringing an explosion of color, light and life.

    2. Best new picture books, The Guardian (UK)

      The miniature sepia scenes of her house, filled with cardboard furniture, are gradually brought to life by washes of colour as her small visitor begins to dispel Elise’s anxious loneliness.

    3. Book Page, America Book Review

      In the final spread, the colors are bright; Elise’s cheeks are rosy and her heart is content. A sweet, tender story of a friendship found.

    4. School Library Journal, Starred Review

      Gorgeous in pictures & words, this is a terrific read-aloud selection & a great story to spark conversation.

    5. Booksellers (NZ)

      Damm’s diorama style illustrations portray the stark, lonely and anxious existence of Elise. She cleverly uses light and colour to change the mood of the book from poignant to cheerful. The illustrations alone tells a story of transformation and the growth of a friendship between carefree and fearful.

    6. Book Trailers for Kids and YA

      The art work is a mix of diorama, card cut-outs, and photography with a focus on the use of colour. It is quite simply, a wonderful work of art and a story to treasure. There are so many older people out there who could all do with a little Emil in their lives

    7. The Guardian

      German author Antje Damm pens a timely and moving exploration of loneliness in The Visitor.

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