cover image Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille

Jen Bryant, illus. by Boris Kulikov. Knopf, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-449-81337-9

After an accident in 1819 left a young Louis Braille blind, he traveled to Paris at age 10 to study at the Royal School for the Blind, where he was disheartened to discover that the books available for children like him fell far short of his hopes: “Words as large as my hand! Sentences that took up half a page!... Even if I read a hundred books like this, how much could I learn?” Kulikov (W Is for Webster) makes striking use of chalky blue lines against black backdrops to create ghostly images of the world Braille could no longer see, suggesting a landscape re-created in his mind’s eye. Bryant’s (The Right Word) sensitive first-person narration draws readers intimately close to Braille’s experiences, and an author’s note and q&a add further depth to a stirring portrait of innovation and determination. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Alyssa Eisner Henkin, Trident Media Group. (Sept.)