Mini Reviews – 2016’s BEST Picture Books

Mini Reviews – 2016’s BEST Picture Books

I have a lot to do with children’s books through my work. And this is how I discovered two of my favourite books of the year, which just happen to be picture books – A Child of Books and Somewhere Else. I included the end pages and a teeny illustration from each book in the photographs so you understand why you NEED these books on your shelf!

Child of Books – Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winstonimg_6763
1st September 2016, Walker Books Australia
40 pages, 5/5 stars

This is the greatest gift you can give any book lover, of any age. The title character, the child of books, encourages a little boy to follow her – to sail on a sea of words, to climb mountains of make-believe, and to sleep on clouds of song. The illustrations are absolutely incredible – Sam Winston has created amazing landscapes using words from children’s classics to host Oliver Jeffers’ characters. Read more

Small Things – Mel Tregonning

Small Things – Mel Tregonning

Small Things – Mel Tregonning
24th August 2016, Allen&Unwin
40 pages, 5/5 stars

I don’t usually review graphic stories, but Small Things was too beautiful not to share. It is a beautifully illustrated story about an ordinary boy dealing with his feelings. All of the artwork is in shades of grey. Despite not having any words, it tells a compelling story.

Worries and fears follow a little boy around; they take the form of monsters, nibbling away at his sense of self. He eventually finds solace knowing that other people have the same monsters, and they help him find ways to keep them at bay. They are never really gone though, lurking in the background even in the final image, highlighting that it is a constant fight to retain our sense of self-worth.

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