A healing narrative about the return of light and joy to everyday life that has been rendered dark and colourless by tragic events. New paperback edition!
Nobody smiled in the village near the edge of the world. The wind blew cold, snow lay thick on the ground and each day the villagers went about their lives with heavy hearts. That was until the day Toby McPhee sailed out to the very edge of the world and found just what was needed to bring joy back to their lives.
Ian Trevaskis was born in Geelong, Victoria. In addition to teaching, he studied fine arts and has worked as a teacher of Arts / Crafts. He has written several children’s stories including Quincy which was a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book in 1992 , and The Postman’s Race which was a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book in 1993. Ian now writes full time with two titles in the Hopscotch series Medusa Stone and Golden Scarab published by Walker Books.
Wayne Harris has illustrated over thirty books, including DragonQuest by Allan Baillie which was short-listed for Picture Book of the Year, Children’s Book Council of Australia. Many of his other illustrated books have also received Notable Book status from the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Wayne is also a book designer, winning the APA Best Designed Picture Book of the Year Award for A Bit of Company by Margaret Wild, Gordon’s Got a Snookie by Lisa Shanahan and Two Bullies by Junko Morimoto. He was short-listed in the 1995 NSW Premier’s Award for writing Judy and the Volcano, the same year Going Home was named an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book. He enjoys teaching design and illustration and also working as a part-time designer for Walker Books Australia.
This would make an excellent picture book to treat with older primary kids. I believe the story will touch kids’ hearts and lead to some productive discussion about tragedy, how it affects us and what we can do to move on from its devastating consequences.
The Book Chook
I felt like I was holding my breath looking at the illustrations, waiting for something to happen to the village men out on the seas, so real is their representation.