Gibberish Spiral-Bound | March 1, 2022

Young Vo

★★★★☆+ from 1,001 to 10,000 ratings

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Kirkus · Parents · Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association · Chicago Public Library · Washington Post · Evanston Public Library · Los Angeles Public Library

Charlotte Huck Recommended Book

Common Sense Media Selection

It’s Dat’s first day of school in a new country! Dat and his Mah made a long journey to get here, and Dat doesn’t know the language. To Dat, everything everybody says — from the school bus driver to his new classmates — sounds like gibberish. How is Dat going to make new friends if they can’t understand each other?

Luckily there’s a friendly girl in Dat’s class who knows that there are other ways to communicate, besides just talking. Could she help make sense of the gibberish?


“A superb picture book.”
—The Wall Street Journal

“Masterly. A tender reflection.”
—The New York Times

★ “The execution is stellar. A visually and emotionally immersive immigration story.”
Kirkus (starred)

★ “Delightful. Beginning readers will love this book as the illustrations say it all.”
School Library Connection (starred)

★ “Will give hope to kids dealing with a new country and could inspire others to reach out to struggling immigrant children.”
Booklist (starred)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Original Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 40 pages
ISBN-10: 1646141105
Item Weight: 1.09 lbs
Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
Customer Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars 1,001 to 10,000 ratings

“...splendid...a powerful story about compassion and finding one’s voice. There are an increasing number of picture books about immigration, but this one stands above the rest in its brilliant and deeply felt depiction of how it feels for children just like Dat.” — Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast 

Young Vo learned to draw before he could write. He drew a lot of characters, then began to write stories for them. There were not many job choices that he could make, so he decided to be an animator, illustrator, and author. Now he writes and draws his stories before the sun rises, then during the day, he animates. Follow him @youngvoart.

Author Residence: Vancouver, WA