Bogtrotter doesn’t ever stop running, until the day he meets the frog. Now in paperback!
Every morning Bogtrotter runs across the bog, up the bog, down the bog and around the bog until it’s time to go home. Sometimes he wishes things would change, but he doesn’t know how or what or why. Until one afternoon, when he picks a flower for the first time in his life …
Margaret Wild has written more than seventy books and has been published around the world. Her numerous awards and distinctions include the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award for Jenny Angel, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas, The Very Best of Friends, illustrated by Julie Vivas, and Fox, illustrated by Ron Brooks. In 2008 she received the Nan Chauncy Award for an outstanding contribution to children’s literature in Australia. Her book Vampyre, illustrated by Andrew Yeo, was short-listed at the 2011 Aurealis Awards. Margaret has three titles in the Walker Classics series: Going Home and A Bit of Company, both illustrated by Wayne Harris, and Let the Celebrations Begin!, illustrated by Julie Vivas.
Judith Rossell worked as a government scientist, for a cotton spinning company and studied textile design in Scotland before becoming a full-time writer and illustrator of children’s books. She has written 11 books and illustrated more than 80, and her work has been translated into 14 languages. Judith teaches at RMIT and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Bogtrotter (written by Margaret Wild) is her first title with Walker Books Australia.
As usual, her (Wild’s) story is simple, subtle and with layers of meaning. Think outside the square. Or outside the bog in this case.
So much to think about, so much to talk about in this book; but first, share it and enjoy the journey, for that’s really what it is and it’s one I’d wholeheartedly recommend is undertaken by anyone from around four years old onwards.
Red Reading Hub
This is a joyous story, sensitively told and beautifully illustrated, with a delightful main characters gradually discovering that being brave and adventurous brings rich rewards. I loved it from start to finish.
The Daily Mail
This is a brilliant and thought-provoking picture book for all ages. It dares you to move out of your comfort zone; to try new things.
This is a brilliant story about the things that can happen when we try new things and challenge ourselves, and Bogtrotter is a real picture book star, a joyously exuberant character who reminds us all that life is full of adventure, discovery… and boundless possibilities.
Lancashire Evening Post