All The Colors of Life
by Lisa Aisato, Olivia Lasky (Translator)
I liked some of the art in this book, but some of it has nudity, which I did not enjoy. Most of the art is exquisitely beautiful, but some of it is sort of crass or disfigured.
I didn’t like one page that portrays bunches of distorted faces coming out of someone’s brain. I understand that it is to show how we all have different voices in our head and different aspects to our thoughts. It certainly makes you think, but it is so ugly and disagreeable that I quickly turned the page. I found it disturbing. I think the subject could have been explored in a more pleasant way, instead of in such a grotesque manner.
And then again, much of the artwork is delicate and beautiful. Some of it is so lovely that I stopped to stare at the page for a couple of minutes and soak it in.
There is one page with a child leaping and running through a lush green forest, riding on a “horsey” stick like many of us had when we were children. It took me right back to my own stick with a fabric horse-head attached that I played with as a child, defeating evil knights and galloping to the rescue on my trusty steed! What a beautiful picture of childhood. In that page of art, you can see the energy, the joy, and total freedom of the child playing in the forest. It’s not just a horse-head on a stick to that child; it is all the glories of fairyland opening up. Beautiful!
And then there is another page with nudity that ruins it.
Some of it is beautiful. Some of it is ugly. Maybe that is the point. It reflects life, I guess?
Still, I did not enjoy this book, because of the disturbing and inappropriate content.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.