Review: Pool by JiHyeon Lee

The Book Wars

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Hardcover, 56 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Chronicle Books
Source: Raincoast Books

Pool is a wordless picturebook and marks the debut of JiHyeon Lee, a South Korean illustrator. On the surface of it (pun not intended), the story depicted in the picturebook is fairly simple. A young boy goes to swim in the swimming pool but before he can enter the pool, a horde of swimmers (who bear more than a passing resemblance to what people perceive Americans as) crowd the pool leaving nary a centimeter free for the boy. The boy refuses to let this deter him and instead dips below the surface. There he discovers wondrous sea creatures, a world underneath a world, and a friend who, like him, has dipped below the surface. Observe the art:

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The art is wonderful but what really gets me is how subtle the message of the book is. The protagonist…

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