Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Barbara Lehman
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
A young boy and girl are linked serendipitously through a set of red books. While riding his bike through the city, the boy saw the red book and picked it up, discovering inside pictures of a girl sailing in a small boat. The girl found the book floating in the sea as she sailed, and opened it to find a picture of a city, with the boy reading the book and looking at her. Miraculously, the two children’s worlds converge, and the red books are left along the way to be found by other children.
Told through sequenced illustrations, this wordless picture book is the sequel to Barbara Lehman’s Caldecott Honor winner The Red Book. Prior knowledge of The Red Book is not necessary to understand the story of Red Again. This book will appeal to readers who enjoyed the illustrations-only style of the books Flotsam and Tuesday, both written by David Weisner. Though the book is marketed toward preschool-aged children, the high amount of inference required may make it confusing or uninteresting for this age demographic.