I get a lot of books in the post; it can be hard to keep up with them at times. Not that I am complaining, I get so much joy from them all. But, every now and then I open a package; pull out a book and recognise the distinctive style of one of my favourite illustrators and I become incredibly excited. For me, Viviane Schwarz is one of those illustrators; her books are innovative and inspired, filled with imaginative story lines and fascinating characters. So, as you can imagine I was very happy to find this on kitchen table when I got home from school.
It’s a book about friendship and imaginative play that depicts the spirit of childhood adventure.
Published by Walker Books.
Every now and then a picture book collaboration comes along that is really exciting: Mac Barnet & Jon Klassen; Lemony Snicket & Jon Klassen; Mac Barnet & Christian Robinson.
Currently, Alexis Deacon & Viviane Schwarz, two outstanding picture book creators. Beegu by Alexis Deacon is one of my all time favourite picture books.
I Am Henry Finch is a blindingly brilliant book about courage and making a difference. It’s a picture book for the young philosopher. As Descartes famously said, ‘I think, therefore I am’ or was that Henry Finch? The philosophical proof of existence based on the fact that something capable of any form of thought necessarily exists.
Henry Finch is an inspiration to all other ambitious winged creatures that strive for greatness.
Out now & published by Walker Books.