Monday, 30 December 2013

Where My Wellies Take Me Review


Review By Patrick Scattergood

Written By
Michael Morpugo
Clare Morpugo

Designed and Illustrated By
Olivia Lomenech Gill

Published By
Templar Books

Genre
Children's, Poetry, Adventure

Synopsis

A lavish, keepsake collection of poetry, beautiful artwork, and unforgettable treasures from acclaimed children’s book author Michael Morpurgo, woven around a girl’s adventures on a countryside walk.

Pippa loves staying with her Aunty Peggy. She loves going for walks, whether it is sunny or cold — long, wandering walks where her wellies take her. Follow Pippa into the beautiful countryside as her day unfolds, and the wildlife, animals, and people she encounters are complemented by relevant poems from some of our greatest authors, personally chosen by Clare and Michael Morpurgo. Part poetry anthology, part children’s scrapbook, this is a truly lavish project designed to instill a love of language in young children.

Review

Michael Morpurgo has long been one of my favorite authors.  The man seems just as happy in any genre and because of that, his books are beloved by a wide range of families and their children.

Here he teams up not only with his sister, Clare, but also by a fantastic artist by the name of Olivia Lomenech Gill.

Together the trio have crafted one of the most beautiful children's books I've read in a very long time.  Part poetry collection, part scrapbook and part child like adventure, this story centers around a young girl who goes for a walk and all the thoughts that run through her head.  The story is beautifully simple yet done with such a deft slight of hand that it's incredibly touching and heartwarming.  The poetry that is dotted amongst the pages and during the story are very well chosen and massively effective.  They work supremely well with the story to create a lovely tale of child like innocence and imagination.

However strong the story is, it would have maybe struggled slightly with either the wrong kind of artist or someone who couldn't match the quality of the story.  That's not the case here.  Gill's illustrations, as well as her design work, come together in a perfect little parcel to make this book an absolute must have.  It's rare to find a children's book that works so well on so many levels but that is exactly what this book does.  There is loads for the parents to enjoy as well as for the children to enjoy.  The illustrations are some of the most gorgeous I've seen in a children's book.  They really match the story well and make this a book that both myself and my little son adore.

An essential purchase for both the little ones and the not so little ones..

Story 9/10
Characters 9/10
Cover 9/10
Recommended 10/10
Overall 37/40

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