Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The Road Home by Katie Cotton and Sarah Jacoby (Children's, Picture book, 9/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

Love the artwork!
September 2016, Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 32 pages, Hardback, Review copy 

Summary from Quarto 
'For safety is a precious place,
a place to call our own.
This road is hard, this road is long,
this road that leads us home.'
As winter approaches, a bird flees with her chick, a mouse builds a nest for her child and rabbits run from wolves that roam in the darkening woods. The road home is long and hard, but the animals have each other in this poetic meditation on nature, survival and love.

Nayu's thoughts
This book fits in with October's National Poetry Day, for it's a rhyming tale. I liked that a certain part of the story kept being repeated, this makes it easier for younger readers to remember it and look forward to those parts. While not my favourite colour palette, I love how soft the illustrations look, in some ways they remind me of Japanese paintings with simple and intricate parts to each image. 

I absolutely loved the cute mice who feature in the tale-my heart melted when they and the bunnies make it home! Other notable scenes in no particular order include the field with flowers, the thorns, and the snow falling: all of these have different styles of painting that aptly suit the nature of the scene. This has the feel of a bedtime read, as it's gentle and not too bright/noisy in style so should wind younger readers down for sleep. 

See more gorgeous art on Sarah's website.

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