Here Comes Ingo
Winner of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Golden Award, wordless picture book Here Comes Ingo is a special visual story for mindful parents and inventive children to bond over open end and creative experiences by adding to the story via painting, drawing and writing ON the page thus encouraging kids to appreciate and include process art in their daily lives in order to search for and create new meaning, test their comfort zone and take risks.
This detail packed illustrated picture book presents the multi-layered tale of Ingo, a scarlet macaw who bored sitting on her eggs drifts off to sleep and dreams of flying into the lush tropical rain forest she calls home. Ingo’s dream reveals a new world of possibilities full of surreal and unexpected encounters. With every turn of the page, charming collages filled with minute details amount to surprising compositions which show kids that the inspiration they need to add to Ingo’s story and make this book their own is the willingness to tap into their creativity and let the imagination soar.
Inviting children to participate in the story is more than a simple time-filler. It offers them an unparalleled sense of agency which in turn encourages exploration, self expression, logical thinking, imagination, and creativity – all valuable skills in their future adult lives when it would be more important to think in innovative ways than be able to follow directions. There is no better way to reinforce this than through the pages of Here Comes Ingo. Dripping in Disney-like colors, a solitary wolf wrapped in a rainbow, a shark who eats cupcakes with gusto and a merry band of birds & frogs piggybacking on a fish are only a few of 32 pages of this kind of seamless picture storytelling which bursts with the power of visuals excitement while inviting young readers to experience a new kind of adventure by examining the pictures and come to their own conclusion about the story being told.
About the Author:
Odeta Xheka is an artist and author in a quest to connect people with art in truly meaningful and enriching ways starting from early childhood. Most recently, she has published Here Comes Ingo, a picture book invested in open ended creative experiences.
Reviews and Endorsements:
Mom’s Choice Gold Award Recipient
What’s also unique about this book is that I’m usually the one helming the storyline with wordless picture books, but with Here Comes Ingo my children are in charge — and it is amazing to watch my kids tell me the story. They genuinely enjoy and have a great time explaining to me what and how and why — and it is never the same experience twice.
Books such as, Here Comes Ingo present a unique opportunity to let the imagination soar by adding to the story via painting, drawing and writing ON the page thus encouraging kids to appreciate and include process art in their daily lives in order to search for and create new meaning, test their comfort zone and take risks.
Kids’ Book Review (guest post excerpt)
Here’s an interesting wordless book. This is a book your little one is sure to get lost in. This is perfect for letting kids use their imagination and tell you what’s happening.
Create, experiment and discover with wordless picture book Here Comes Ingo
Here Comes Ingo Author Interview The Children’s Book Review Showcase
Here’s another interesting wordless book. This is one your little one is sure to get lost in. This is perfect for letting kids use their imagination and tell you what’s happening.
Although too often early childhood educators and parents view art class as an extension of Arts & Crafts philosophy, this is never the case. Crafts involve children following directions to reproduce an adult’s idea and require no original thinking. They are meant to be useful, practical or educational. Art, on the other hand, allows children to experiment with their own ideas and art materials with no known outcome in order to help them think openly, create new meaning, be more tolerant of others’ differences and have the courage to take creative risks. Of course, there’s a time and place for crafts, but children don’t need to always be told what to what make and how to make it. Children need to be allowed the freedom to be creative. In this sense, when they are encouraged to express themselves in creating artworks they develop a sense of accomplishment as well as a sense of pride in their own forays into new territory.
Would young children struggle to get to grips with the open-end nature of Here Comes Ingo? Would they embrace its creative challenges? Take it from The Picture Book Review who writes: Xheka says on the back of her book that, “this wordless picture book familiarizes children with figurative art collage.” And her book definitely does that. Her illustrations inspire my children and have my boys asking where the scissors are so that they can go and create their own collages. There’s an honesty and rawness about the images that makes my kids say, “I want to create, too.”
- Odeta introduces participants to a short history of collage and various purposes it can be used for. Odeta provides appropriate examples and asks students to come up with their own ideas.
- Odeta introduces participants to photomontage as a special type of collage focusing on photography. Odeta explains reasons for choosing this type of collage to create Here Comes Ingo book illustrations.
- Odeta invites students to observe how Odeta goes about creating book illustrations starting from the blank page and adding layers upon layers of various cut outs. Students will be encouraged to offer their suggestions as to which color, shape, cut out Odeta should use next.
- Odeta presents participants with sensory-rich art materials in compliance with the Art-Supply List for Budding Artists and distributes art materials for each group/table as well as one double-page from Here Comes Ingo.
- Odeta instructs students to use the book page as the initial stage upon which to reenact scenes from their imagination by drawing, painting, glueing, sticking and doodling ON the page. Working in small groups will make them understand that in order to complete their artwork they need to be able to communicate their ideas clearly and be tolerant of each others’ differences.
- Odeta observes and takes notes how students on each group (1) break through shyness (2) play their way through group rivalry (3) express and understand negotiation (4) cooperate without power struggle (5) empower themselves and respect diversity
- Odeta encourages each group to present the final collage to the class having, hopefully, instilled a sense of pride on the self-directed art project.
When it comes to children, it is especially important to understand how a book can transition from a simple “story” or a timely “message” into a full blown teachable moment encouraging fledging young readers to experience a direct sense of agency in dealing with the book content. Picture books, increasingly popular even among older and/or sophisticated readers, have proven to be especially apt at presenting children with rewarding opportunities for interpretative discussions, growth mindset and playful engagement thus enabling kids to expand their cache of intellectual, emotional and cultural knowledge using age appropriate concepts.
Case in point, The Picture Book Review published a nuanced review of Here Comes Ingo emphasising precisely this: “What’s also unique about this book is that I’m usually the one helming the storyline with wordless picture books, but with Here Comes Ingo my children are in charge — and it is amazing to watch my kids tell me the story. They genuinely enjoy and have a great time explaining to me what and how and why — and it is never the same experience twice…“.
Here Comes Ingo, a book that emphasises kindness, inclusion open-mindness and unprejudiced mindset is the perfect tool for parents and caregivers who seek out opportunities for art projects, creative writing and other educational avenues that grip their children’s imagination as well as help them develop a multitude of skills including communication, visual observation, critical thinking and confidence.
- Odeta introduces students to a short history of collage with special emphasis on photomontage as a special type of collage focusing on photography. I will provide appropriate examples and will ask participating children to come up with relevant examples from daily life.
- Odeta showcases collaging practice. Participants will have the opportunity to observe how Odeta goes about creating Here Comes Ingo book illustrations starting from the blank page and adding layers upon layers of cut outs playing with shape, color, composition.
- Odeta instructs participants to use the book pages as the initial stage upon which to reenact scenes from their imagination by working in small groups. Role-playing will be encouraged when appropriate.
- Group work is vital in instilling the understanding that in order to complete the assignment, each group member needs to be able to communicate her ideas clearly and be tolerant of each others’ differences. Odeta observes and takes notes how students on each group:
- break through shyness
- play their way through group rivalry
- express and understand negotiation
- cooperate without power struggle
- empower themselves and respect diversity
- Using Here Comes Ingo illustrations Odeta stirs participants to focus on:
- comprehension “What do you think is happening?”
- predicting “What do you think will happen next?”
- inferring “What makes you think that?”
- reasoning “Why do you think that happened?”
- sequencing “What happened first? Next? Last?”
- Odeta encourages each group to read the finalized story to the class having, hopefully, instilled a sense of well deserved pride on completing the storytelling self-directed assignment.