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Fall, 2022, Owlkids Books Frontlist

The Line in the Sand
By (author): Thao Lam
Thao Lam


Owlkids - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Dust jacket
Hardcover , Picture book, Dust jacket


Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1, Grade (US) 1
Sep 15, 2022
$19.95 CAD


8.5in x 10 x 0.38 in | 451 gr

Page Count:

48 pages


Full color illustrations throughout
Owlkids Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
Picture storybooks: imagination and play|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Friends and friendships|Children’s / Teenage social issues: War and conflict issues|Interest age: from c 4 years
150 Most Anticipated Fall Books 2022, Commended
  • Short Description

Critically acclaimed creator Thao Lam, author of The Paper Boat and THAO, is back with a wordless story about conflict resolution

Critically acclaimed creator Thao Lam, author of The Paper Boat and THAO, is back with a wordless story about conflict resolution

A monster meanders down a beach, dragging a stick behind them and leaving a line in the sand. Meanwhile, a group of friends is at play—flying kites, building sandcastles, tossing a ball—until two of them become curious about the line that now seemingly divides them.

What does the line mean? Tensions mount as the two ponder the situation. Should the line be crossed? Can it be crossed? Eyes narrow, feathers get ruffled, and a scuffle starts, stemming from a series of misunderstandings and aggravated by the innocent, and very untimely, arrival of a bee. It’s only when their stomping and kicking has completely erased the line in the sand that the friends realize their scrabble was senseless. They rejoin the others at play, where the line becomes part of their games, while in the background, the line’s creator continues to meander across the page, oblivious to the impact of their actions.

This powerful wordless story, told in panels and illustrated in striking collage art, is at once simple, relatable, and profound and will encourage readers to think about conflict, communication, and the meaning of the lines we all draw, whether intentional or not.

  • From the author/illustrator of bestsellers and librarian favorites THAO, The Paper Boat, My Cat Looks Like My Dad, Wallpaper, and Skunk on a String
  • Features Thao Lam’s distinctive illustrations
  • Introduces important themes of conflict resolution, perspective, and communication
  • Book discussion guide available

THAO LAM is the critically acclaimed author/illustrator of THAO, Wallpaper, My Cat Looks Like My Dad, Skunk on a String, and The Paper Boat, named a best book of 2020 by Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal, the Globe and Mail, CBC, and others. She studied illustration at Sheridan College and has an insatiable love of colored and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages. She draws inspiration from the stories she hears, from the beauty in everyday things, and from the work of the many illustrators she admires. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

"The story speaks volumes of imagined differences and the negative impact of imposed divisions ... An elegant, profound story. A monstrously important message."

- Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW

"The concept is clever and the playful art a delight ... Another wordless winner from Lam, who knows how to posit questions and trust readers for answers."

- School Library Journal - STARRED REVIEW

"Division, conflict, risk and joy are all captured in the pages of this tale."

- The Small Protagonist

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Also Available

THAO Thao Lam 9781771474320 $19.95 CAD Apr 15, 2021
The Paper Boat Thao Lam 9781771473637 $19.95 CAD Sep 15, 2020
My Cat Looks Like My Dad Thao Lam 9781771473514 $19.95 CAD Apr 15, 2019
Wallpaper Thao Lam 9781771472838 $19.95 CAD Apr 15, 2018
Skunk on a String Thao Lam 9781771471312 $19.95 CAD Mar 15, 2016

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