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.

Written by Antje Damm

Translated by Sally-Ann Spencer

ISBN: TheVisitor Categories: , , , ,

  • 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. Children’s Book Committee

      Best Children’s Book of the Year 2019 List: Under Five

  • Reviews

    1. Teach Primary Magazine

      The Visitor does a great job of making profound and complex themes like loneliness and anxiety accessible and meaningful to young audiences. There is real depth to this picturebook that will stay with children long after reading and give them much to think about – not least a way to reflect on their experiences of lockdown…Damm’s artwork has a special luminosity and depth that makes it hugely inviting, and the gradual addition of colour says so much about Elise’s changing emotions.

    2. California Libraries

      …the woman’s joyful, satisfied expression is very likely to be mirrored on the faces of young readers.

    3. Children of Books

      The Visitor is a sweet, heartwarming tale about opening and growing young, reminding us the value of play and human interaction despite the fear, the disappointment and that feeling of just wanting to hide from the world that many of us experience to some extent in our lives.

    4. 2018 Best Picture Books, New Zealand Herald

      A truly magical book.

    5. Chicago Public Library

      Best Picture Books of 2018

    6. Literacy Daily ILA Blog

      German author/illustrator Antje Damm uses intriguing illustrations, created with cutout figures posed against dioramas, to tell the story of a visit made by a boy to a reclusive woman that brings color to her life.

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. School Library Journal, Starred Review

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

    11. 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.

    12. 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

    13. The Guardian

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

Available worldwide from your local bookstore or online.

Subscribe to our newsletter/s

Hear from us about new books, guest recommendations, behind-the-scenes and competitions.

I'd like to sign up to these monthly newsletters

Follow Gecko Press