Posts Tagged ‘Human nature’

it’s my pond by claire garralon

April 18, 2017 Comments off

my pondit’s my pond by claire garralon. Pub. Book Island, 2016.

This multi layered picture book has some depth and a lot to say about the human condition. It is for everybody but a great junior story with much to discuss and think about.

Yellow duck sees a nice pond and claims it for his own. White duck sees the pond too and negotiates to share it with yellow duck. Then many ducks of different colours take their share and all is tense as each duck guards his/her own piece of pond.

Black duck arrives and  tells them they all look miserable and that ponds should be fun places. They all agree and things are fine.

Suddenly everything changes. To find out what it is you will need to read the book yourself but be warned it is brilliant.

Simple written text and easy on the eye primary coloured illustrations. You will love it.

The King and the Sea by Heinz Janisch, illus. Wolf Erlbruch.

April 11, 2015 Comments off

king seaThe King and the Sea by Heinz Janisch, illus. Wolf Erlbruch. Imprint gecko Press, 2015.

A sophisticated picture book from Germany that  describes itself as 21 very short stories. It is that alright, but it has tremendous depth and crayon and water colour illustrations that raise it above the norm.

The King is the main character and he relates to many things – the sea,, a cat, his own shadow, the rain and finally the Book and other Kings.

We have all met those that think they are born to rule, Corporate management and politics are full of them. The King is one of these and in the little interactions he has, are about testing his assumptions about himself. He is in for a surprise and by the end of the book he comes away with a different point of view.

I loved the crayon drawing of the king with his golden crown, his red nose, surly mouth and resigned blue line that is his one eye. All very relevant to his character. At the end he tosses his crown on the sand and plunges into the sea with a contented look. He is a mere mortal after all. Aren’t we all?