Love Volume 1: The Tiger by Frédéric Brrémaud and Frederico Bertolucci is a graphic novel that has no words, except for an epigraph at the beginning and at the end. Visually the story is beautifully illustrated and is a simple day in the life of a tiger who, upon waking, seeks to find food and protect his territory from other predators.
I found myself rooting for the tiger even as I cringed at the possibility of his capturing some poor creature. Then again, I also found myself holding my breath as I turned the page, hoping he would not make a kill after all. There’s something to be said for a wordless story that can evoke so many, and conflicting, emotions. There are some amusing moments and the story occasionally digresses into side stories about some of the other creatures that inhabit the same area as the tiger.
There are also ironic moments where one prey escapes only to be captured by another, smaller predator. Ultimately, this graphic novel is a testament to how all things are interconnected. Yes, this is a circle of life type of story but it’s told with humor (which will appeal to younger “readers”) and honesty (for the adults). Interesting and worth checking out.