Sunday 29 September 2019

The Voyage

The Voyage by Robert Vescio, illustrated by Andrea Edmonds (EK Books) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781925820034

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

The Voyage is a wonderful, thought-provoking picture book about a young family forced to escaped the perils of their homeland and take a risk to seek a better life in another country.

The story is told in only 14 words, but each word is perfect, poignant and powerful. The accompanying pictures, created with pencil and watercolour, beautifully depict the challenges, risks, fears and sadness that come with escaping your homeland and the hope of seeking safety and protection elsewhere.

The Voyage is a highly engaging story with short text that allows careful consideration to be given to every word and each illustration. The adult reader and the young listener are free to delve into the words, pictures and themes as much or as little as they see appropriate. This narrative does evoke a sense of sadness, but it also has a happy ending.

The book is visually appealing with a large gold foil title on the cover, contrasting with a dark blue background, as well as lovely illustrations and endpapers. The Voyage has themes of family, refugees, courage, empathy and hope and is highly recommended for all primary school students.

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