Mr. Otagiri’s Promise: A Picture Book for Adults
Author Deborah Roberts creates a mystical land of collage and color in her latest picture book, Mr. Otagiri’s Promise. While its facade may indicate it as being a children’s book, the depth of the text takes it so much further. Inspired by the beloved Otagiri ceramics that were imported from Japan to America as whimsical treasures for the kitchen, this book explores the past of the Otagiri family as fictionalized by Roberts in a poetic journey of a war-lived man trying to return happiness to his family. Mr. Otagiri’s Promise is a lyrical text accompanied by brightly collaged images that are mesmerizing in their own right. If ever there was a genre that needed more exploration in today’s book market, it’s the adult picture book, and this story is proof of just that.