Angus and Lucy didn’t have very much …
Angus and Lucy didn’t have very much, but it doesn’t seem to bother them, or their parents, all that much. Then one day the books, which were the one thing they had lots of, overwhelmed them and their home. So they had to go. When they were gone however, they took with them something more than just the pages.
The Children Who Loved Books is a new title from writer/illustrator Peter Carnavas and continues his trademark exploration of family and childhood. Here we see the family enjoying books and being together, being happy despite a dearth of material possessions. There is a suggestion that books help us to communicate, as well as to entertain and teach us. The text is very spare and his characters seldom speak but they manage to communicate clearly with the reader. Illustrations are watercolour set in lots of white space. There is plenty here for a teacher to use in the classroom, whether it’s about storytelling in picture form, the important things in life, or the experience of family. Recommended for lower primary readers.
The Children Who Loved Books, Peter Carnavas
2012 New Frontier Publishing
review by Claire Saxby, Children’s Author