July 12

The big little book of happy sadness

This picture book, written by Colin Thompson and published by Random House is bound to touch anyone who reads it.  George lives with his grandmother and longs for something to fill the lonely empty gap he feels at the absence of his parents.  Although his grandmother is kind and loving, its not the same.  One day, whilst visiting the dog shelter, George meets someone he knows will be a true friend.  Jeremy is a three legged dog.  He is doomed for the “kennel in the sky” as no one wants him.  George immediately knows that this is the dog for him.  With his Grandmother’s blessing,  Jeremy becomes the third member of their little family, and life is never lonely or quiet again.  Grandma and George experiment with making artificial legs for Jeremy, persisting until they are successful.  The illustrations in this book are delightful.  Check out the links below to learn more about this book and its author.  Check out Colin Thompson’s website.

July 6

Kill the possum

On and off over the holidays, i’ve been reading “Kill the possum” by James Moloney.  This book brings together a group of young people struggling with family issues.  Dylan is a young man whose father abandoned him as a very young child.  He is interested in Kirsty, a girl at his school.  When he unexpectedly goes to visit her at home one Saturday afternoon, he finds himself in the middle of a tense situation instigated by Kirsty’s step father, who is no longer living with her family.  Dylan comes to understand that Kirsty and her family are subject to cruel verbal harrassment from this man who is a bully.  As the story unfolds, we come to see the behaviours and solutions this group of young people employ to try to find a solution to their difficulties.  James Moloney doesn’t position himself morally on any of the behaviour displayed by the characters – this allows the reader to question and deliberate on the actions of a number of characters.  This read is certainly not for those looking for a comfortable escape!  The issues dealt with are confronting.   It’s definitely suited to readers from Year 10 up.

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