What to Read After... Mr Gum 19/08/19
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
A young family’s safe world is turned upside down when war arrives, spreading its blackness across their lives and forcing them to flee in search of safety. Told through the eyes of one of the children, the story follow their journey across hills and through forests, over enormous walls and stormy seas, encountering things both wondrous and scary in their search for a new home.
What is it like to leave everything behind and travel miles and miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange? This incredibly poignant story introduces the concept of refugees with straightforward language, tackling this difficult subject with truth and clarity. Strikingly beautiful illustrations convey all the emotions of the storyteller through a brilliant interplay of changing colours and perspectives, darkness and light.
The unspecified time and setting makes The Journey quite universal; the fear of the unknown balanced out by hope and dreams for the future.
Winner of UKLA Book Award, Klaus Flugge Prize and CILIP Amnesty Honour in 2017.