If you haven’t checked out this amazing, wordless picture book yet, now is the time ladies and gentlemen! “The Conductor” by Laetitia Devernay is not only simply beautiful to look at as an object, but it also tells a very magical and imaginative story.
Leafs become birds, conducted into a glorious, whirling, dance by ‘the conductor’ perched up high on one of the participating trees. There is something especially magical about successful wordless picture books, that when you open them up they seem to have a kind of song or music that emanates from them. Perhaps it’s the rhythm of the book that all of a sudden becomes so much more pronounced because of the lack of text based narrative. Some wordless picture books I’ve read that had this quality were “The Arrival” by Shaun Tan and “Anno’s Journey” by Anno. “The Conductor” also has it, and it seems obvious in a way, since it is after all a story named after someone who conducts music.