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Izzy, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Journey

This book is about how a family is forced to move to a different country because of the war, the father has been killed and the mother and the children are having a hard time dealing with these sudden changes.
I think this book is amazing! The art style is original and fresh, the technique they used was amazing and the presentation and the metaphorical meanings behind pictures are great and witty. They used many pallets and the way the colours clash together, as well as giving the story a special atmosphere, also gives the illustrations an original feeling to it. I love how the non-outlined pictures, every separate detail, goes so perfectly with the rest, the art is just so smooth, it’s hard to get that type of feeling in story book art. They didn’t just shade the art by putting swipes of faded black across a characters side, they had their own refreshing, in some ways, type of shading which is just a pleasure to look at, and the closer you look, the more you realise how clever every piece of art is, as the details are normally hidden where you can’t see them which makes reading them twice fascinating and better than the first.
Even with the lack of words, this book is very well constructed, how they represented the father’s death, how the friend was talking about this “safe place” and how the hands were like the war taking things away from you, even if the text wasn’t there, the story would still make perfect sense just by pictures.
I would recommend this book to 5 – 15 year olds because of how sugar-coated everything is but it still educates you about refugees and the art style is fun, yet it is telling a serious story. Over all I think this book is great, and if you do come across it, GET IT.

Posted on: 5th May 2017 at 10:02 am

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