The Big Day
A wordless picture book packed with fun and silliness
Arnoud Wierstra tells stories without words. His detailed illustrations reveal a dream-like world that invites the reader to leaf backwards and forwards through the book.
The musician is in love. The book does not say so, but the clues are everywhere: the photograph of the girl that he carries with him like a treasure, the poster covered with hearts, the marks on the wall that are counting down the days… Tomorrow is the Big Day, and he’s going to see her again.
In this wordless picture story, Arnoud Wierstra shows how his protagonist becomes lost in a muddled dream, the night before their reunion. Walls and floors disappear, leaving household objects floating in mid-air, and revealing the next-door neighbour in his bath. With his dynamic lines, Wierstra creates a world full of slapstick and absurdity, as the musician encounters many obstacles in his wild and wacky journey to find his sweetheart.
Wierstra draws with a great eye for detail and inserts humorous visual stories that run throughout the text. There’s so much to see in his cartoon-like illustrations.