Wallpaper by Thao LamWallpaper by Thao Lam


byThao Lam

Hardcover | April 15, 2018

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New from the creator of Skunk on a String comes Wallpaper, a wordless picture book in Thao Lam’s signature paper collage style. It tells the story of a young girl whose family moves into a new house. Outside, she can hear other kids playing, but she’s too shy to say hello. So she picks at the old wallpaper in her room—revealing an entryway to a fantastic imaginary adventure world behind the walls.

There, she runs between the vibrant and varied environments—surrounded by birds, swimming in a frog pond, in a herd of art-deco sheep—as she finds herself chased by a monster. He is frightening at first, until it becomes clear he simply wants to be her friend. When it comes time to go back to reality, the girl feels inspired with the courage to approach the other kids and say hello.

Full of humor and heart, this book delivers exquisite illustrations in a lively fantasy narrative that will inspire thinking about bravery and overcoming obstacles.
THAO LAM is the author/illustrator of Skunk on a String. She studied illustration at Sheridan College and has an insatiable love of colored and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages. She draws inspiration from the stories she hears, from the beauty in everyday things, and from the work of the many illustrator...
Title:WallpaperFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 10.75 × 8.9 × 0.33 inPublished:April 15, 2018Publisher:Owlkids Books Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771472839

ISBN - 13:9781771472838


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous book by such a creative author/illustrator This beautiful wordless picture book is the epitome of talent - starring Thao Lam's signature paper collage style illustrations. A shy young girl moves into a new home, and being new, doesn't know any of the kids in her neighbourhood. She can hear them chatting and playing outside her window but she is too shy and apprehensive to go outside and meet them. She feels so lonely and sad. She retreats to her room and idly starts scratching away at her wallpaper. As the tear gets bigger she discovers a portal into a magical world of strange characters and exciting adventures. While visiting there she interacts with flying birds, frogs splashing about in their pond, and a flock of funky looking sheep. Then the unthinkable happens... she finds herself in danger (or so she imagines) by an alien-like monster who starts chasing her. Oh my! She is very frightened and runs to get away from him. Then it dons on her that he is not threatening her at all but only wants to befriend her. She does an about turn and bravely approaches him and says "hello!" Thereafter they romp and interact and have a wonderful happy playtime together. When she returns to her reality in her bedroom she discovers she has been emboldened by the wallpaper encounters and with a courageous heart she approaches the kids outdoors and says, "hello!" This book is perfect to share and discuss. It will encourage and inspire kids to overcome their fears, overpower obstacles and step out into life and say "hello!" The illustrations are truly amazing and I love the interaction between the little girl's imagination and her reality. "Wallpaper" is creative on so many levels and a book I highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-01-19

Editorial Reviews

"Lam’s rich visual storytelling illuminates the way that children’s internal lives help them move through loss and anxiety." - Publishers Weekly - STARRED REVIEW