Review: In Blossom by Yooju Cheon
A cat. A dog. One sunny day they meet on a bench. Cat eats her lunch and dog reads his book, but the sun twinkles, the breeze blows and there is something sweet in the air …
A beautiful metaphorical look at falling in love. The budding attraction between Cat and Dog is shown as cherry blossom. It flits backwards and forwards between them as they sneak looks at each other over their separate activities. The romance grows from one petal to a whole shower, and eventually, Cat offers to share her lunch.
It is that first moment. We’ve seen it in adverts, in films and in stories when characters reflect on the moment the very first moment they saw their partners. Now is has been turned into a beautiful picture book suitable for people of all ages. As well as being a lovely way to introduce the idea of attraction to young children, (you could do this without even going into words) it would make an adorable gift for someone special. I can’t think of a lovelier way of saying there’s something between us than sharing this beautiful story.
The artwork is as sweet and precious as the story. The line drawings and restricted colour-pallette mean our eyes are drawn to the cherry blossom which falls from the trees. I also adore the facial expressions. As I mentioned above, it is in many ways a story which had been told a thousand times, but that is exactly the point of romance. It is new and special every time. Cat and Dog are just about the cutest couple I have ever seen, and we’re rooting for them to talk to each other.
The book also captures the beauty of Spring. Those precious days when the world has been decorated with colour and fragrance.
A lovely, gentle read and a poetic look at the first signs of love.
Thanks to Quarto Children’s Books for my gifted copy of In Blossom. Opinions my own.