While the story of Brick herself is a little odd in the way it is presented with its minimal colors (a few pages are almost “coloring book-like”) and the story told by Brick in her own voice (young, bit naïve and always curious) the showing of real architectural sites is a great touch. That hits the mark perfectly. Brick: Who Found Herself in Architecture by Joshua David Stien has this fun story of a young brick who wants to find their place in the world (will she be in a house, school, wall?) but cannot find the right fit. There is always something that just is not “right” for her. That is, until she has a marvelous idea. Her journey has taken her to the exact spot she needs to be so she can help others!
Julia Rothman’s art work frames the story. It is complimentary and they too have found their place to help the story along. The art takes the reader on this journey we take with Brick. The right colors are used, or in some cases, lack of color is important too. There are a few gems to view as well.
The best part is the showing of the actual architectural things and places. You do not have to know that is the Great Wall of China (though it is mentioned off to the side) you just know that it is a beautiful wall, but walls divide. At the end is where little thumbnail pieces of information about each place is given.