Neighbors is a contemplative picture book about the lives of our neighbors—who are all around us and ever-present, yet somehow surprisingly elusive.
They're everywhere: next door, above, and even below. More often than not, they are a mystery, a presence suggested by low hums, footfalls, or perhaps a slammed door.
This book explores the ways that we think about those we exist among, but who remain strangers until we make the brave—and affirming—decision to connect.
• From debut author-illustrator Kasya Denisevich
• An exploration of neighbors coexisting together in one very special apartment building
• Dynamic black-and-white illustrations blur the line between imagination, dreams, and reality.
As Neighbors illustrates so beautifully, that moment of connection is a portal to a world of possibility.
This unique book uses both visual storytelling and compelling text to consider how we map the landscape of the vast world around us, starting with the person just on the other side of the apartment wall.
• Explores what it means to exist in a world of strangers, friends, and neighbors who are both alike and completely different from each other
• Resonates year-round as a charming and unique gift for birthdays, holidays, and more
• Perfect for children ages 3 to 5 years old
• Makes a great pick for parents and grandparents, as well as librarians, teachers, and educators
• Add it to the shelf with books like Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller, The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers by Stan and Jan Berenstain, and The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates.
About the Author
Kasya Denisevich is a Russian-born author and illustrator now living in Barcelona. Her work has been featured in the 2017 Bologna Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition. This is her first book.
"The stable compositions and calm tone give the inquiry a sense of whimsy and wonder . . . A thoughtful, restrained reverie."-Kirkus Reviews
"This debut picture book is almost entirely wordless and a completely transportive experience. . . . [T]he story . . . honors imagination crafted in solitude . . . immersive . . . [T]he illustrations' meticulousness, rigorous symmetry, elegant textures, careful framing, and originality of perspective make [Neighbors] feel like it was crafted with Wes Anderson-level artistry."-Booklist Reviews
"With artwork that imbues the protagonist's thoughts with significance, Denisevich meditates on the way urban life is at once busy and solitary, public and private. [A]reflective picture book debut. . ."-Publishers Weekly
"[Neighbors features] ink illustrations full of tiny, delightful details to discover, rewarding viewers' close attention."-The Horn Book Magazine