A touching, timely and tender exploration of refugees and migration for the youngest readers.
Narrated by a small boy about to undertake the treacherous journey with his mother, the story is told simply; in a tone that even the youngest of children will understand.
The narrator asks direct questions, including the reader into its narrative and allowing both child and adult co-reader to reflect on the impact such a situation would have on their own life. This simple direct narrative is particularly effective, because the narrator is relatable; he still loves to play, likes lorries, is weary of new food; a normal little boy in aberrant circumstances. They will leave their town, she explains, and it will be sad but also a little bit exciting. They will have to say goodbye to friends and loved ones, and that will be difficult. They will have to walk and walk and walk, and although they will see many new and interesting things, it will be difficult at times too. A powerful and moving exploration that draws the young reader into each stage of the journey. The clean artwork allows this to shine through; the use of negative space prevents us from placing the narrative geographically, highlighting once again that this can happen to anyone. The story ends on play, and the little boy being allowed to be a little boy again, allowing hope to shine through, but without shying away from the difficulties that need to be overcome.
Kate Milner studied Illustration at Central St Martin's before completing the MA in Children's Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University. Her work has been published in magazines concerned with Housing, Law and Business, and her illustrations and prints have been shown in London galleries and national touring exhibitions. Kate won the V&A Student Illustration Award in 2016 for My Name is Not Refugee.
*Winner of the V&A Student Illustration Award 2016*
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