Park Bench

Park Bench

Book - 2017
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Explore community through a common, often overlooked object: the park bench.
Publisher: New York, NY : Gallery 13, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 2017
Edition: First Gallery 13 trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501154027
Characteristics: 327 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm


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Apr 28, 2018

A big book on the outside, but a little book on the inside. Distinct jagged edge ink drawings. No dialogue, almost no characters or story. No surprises here. Set aside 15 mins for this book.

Laura_X Feb 21, 2018

The quiet story of a park bench. Over a period of several years, this bench is the place where several unassuming people continue to return to and live some of their most important moments. A moving story told entirely without the use of words. It's a reading experience you won't want to miss!

EKGO Jan 24, 2018

If you've read Chaboute's earlier work, Alone, you already know what to expect in terms of beautiful black-and-white illustrations.

You may be wondering, though, how he's going to create a story surrounding a park bench? He does, though, and does it well.

It's a story without words, a slice of life, albeit one that spans a few years, surrounding the titular seat and the people who step into its environment from day to day. The reader slowly pieces stories about each person together, coming to know them, following along with their lives, their successes, failures, traumas, and joys.

A quiet tale with a solid impact that comes to a satisfying full-circle conclusion.


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