Just go have a look at this picture book. Charming isn’t the only word, but it’ll do.
The Visitor by Antje Damm
Der Besuch was originally published in 2015.
Translated from German by Sally-Ann Spencer for Gecko Press, 2018
Your first hope after seeing that opening endpaper, is that that the story will live up to that fantastic setting. And it does.
Elise is terrified of everything and it is best to just stay indoors. The trouble comes when she lets in fresh air, and a paper plane. A boy comes to ask after it the next day, and has an urgent request for the bathroom. And the visitor just stays, tracking color everywhere he goes and upon whatever he sees. He even brings color to Elise’s cheeks.
Elise is awkward with her young guest, but his sense of ease is contagious. The liveliness he brings is contagious and it lingers after he’s gone. And it isn’t only Elise that hopes he’ll visit again.
You can bet I am going to pursue more of Antje Damm’s work.