Today’s poetry picture book was originally published in Japan.
ALMOST NOTHING, YET EVERYTHING: A BOOK ABOUT WATER is a beautiful poetry picture book all about water. Every page has a line of a poem exploring water that seems simple at first glance, but takes its time to sink in.
The illustrations by Ryoji Arai are incredible. They use colors in ways I never expected. For instance, I wouldn’t expect a book about water to have a green cover. And the interpretations of water (real physical vs. metaphorical) are both present in the paintings on every page.
I fully admit that I wasn’t overly thrilled with the ending (which reads like a punchline to a joke), but I still thought I’d review the book here. It might be a joke I don’t get because I’m not from the culture it originated in. It might just not be my sense of humor. But I fully believe that poetry is for everyone. While it might not be my cup of tea (so to speak), it could be for someone else. So I share it here for you. Here is just one page from the book with one of my favorite images.
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