Friday 30 August 2019

A Home for Luna

A Home for Luna by Stef Gemmill, illustrated by Mel Armstrong (New Frontier) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781925594843

Reviewed by Dianne Bates

Luna is a black and white cat who washes up on a strange shore, having arrived in a wooden box one moonlit night. She dreams of the seaside home she had long ago but is alone until she meets a flock of penguins which are gobbling sardines. She is hungry but has no food until a tiny bird kindly feeds her a shellfish. From then on Luna catches fish with her new friends. When a boat arrives and Luna is grabbed by a fisherman, the penguins protect her while she hisses and manages to break free. Finally, the lonely cat has found a happy new home.

This is a sweet and simple story about friendship with birds adopting a lost cat. It is appropriately illustrated in sea green and blue colours in contrast to the white and orange of the penguins. The illustrator uses an interesting technique of white on black and black on white for the sea rushing onto the shore on the fly pages. Something children will have fun with is finding a tiny crab in a shell that appears on most pages. This book will be enjoyed by children aged 4 to 7 years.

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