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Amaana, Chobham Academy Book Group

The Journey

This book is mainly about refugees, though it is 'sugar coated' for younger readers. It tells of an average family needing to leave their beloved country after losing someone they love, as well as needing to escape.
I think the illustrations are amazing and are useful to introduce the idea of the hardship of war whilst being engaging and interesting especially to the younger reader as it is introducing a new concept. Therefore the illustrations cannot be too happy.
All through it is very well illustrated and the pictures help bring through emotions in the reader. Though at times it can be heartfelt for older readers who understand the meaning, the style of the art gives the book another feeling, and adds to the experience! The book was visually enticing, as the colours varied from warmth and happiness to dark and bleak. It really uses the illustrations to fully enhance the text, though if you covered the text the pictures could tell the story just as well.
I would recommend this book to a 5 to 10 year old, though it can be useful for even older. This is because the language isn’t too challenging though the story is for readers a little bit older. I would give it an 8 out of 10 but a 10 out of 10 for illustrations!!

Posted on: 5th May 2017 at 10:11 am

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