The Visitor

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Kindergarten   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Elise was frightened—of spiders, people, even trees. So she never went out, night or day. One day a strange thing flies in through the window and lands at her feet. And then there comes a knock at the door. Elise has a visitor who will change everything.

A gentle and sympathetic story about friendship and shyness that plays out in a mini theater, as a child unwittingly brings light and color—literally—into a lonely person’s life. The unique artwork has a doll’s house appeal. Damm creates a diorama from cardboard and photographs the scenes, giving the illustrations a special luminosity and depth. A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book!

Format Your Price
Interest Level Preschool - Kindergarten
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Fiction
Category Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2018
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2018-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039270, JUV039060
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.75 x 10
Lexile 470
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature Best Children’s Books of the Year, Winner, 2019
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book, Winner, 2018
  • Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books, Winner, 2018
  • BookPage Best Books of the Year, Winner, 2018


The New York Times Book Review

“What makes [The Visitor] striking is Damm’s nifty, expressive art, photographs of dioramas and cutout painted figures.”—New York Times Book Review

Publishers Weekly

“Damm emphasizes how much people need others to care about, and readers will enjoy going back over the pages to see how the colors change.”—Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“Simply gorgeous in pictures and words, this is a terrific read-aloud selection and a great story to spark conversation.”—starred, School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“A touching, understated story about the transformative power of friendship.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Antje Damm

Antje Damm is a celebrated children's writer and illustrator. She has worked as an architect and has published over a dozen children's books. Damm's The Visitor was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book 2018.