Wednesday, 22 July 2020

A Home for Luna


A Home for Luna has won the Children's Category of the International Rubery Book Awards. The Rubery Prize is a prestigious international book award seeking the best books by indie writers, self-published authors and books published by independent presses, judged by reputable judges.


A Home for Luna - written by Stef Gemmill, illustrated by Mel Armstrong, published by New Frontier Publishing

This is everything a picture-book should be. The story is lovely – Luna, a black and white cat, is far from home, washed ashore in a remote place where eventually she’s befriended by a colony of penguins, including Tiny and Yellow-Eye. When a man passing by in a boat attempts to rescue her, Luna doesn’t want to leave, and she and her new friends join forces to drive him away. The illustrations are delightful, particularly the final picture where Luna is nestled at the feet of Tiny and Yellow-Eye like a penguin chick.
The story has universal themes that even young children will be able to recognise. The idea of ‘home’ and feeling safe and having friends are all simple concepts for children to understand, because they’re central to their own lives. For this very reason, however, they do feature a great deal in picture-books, and it takes no little skill to come up with something as original and appealing as this story. 
 


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