The Boy and the Elephant
Angus & Robertson, 2021
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
The boy lives in a city, where everything is fast and loud. But amidst the bustle and the noise, the boy has a secret …
In the overgrown lot next to his apartment building, deep within the green, he has a friend.
But one day progress arrives, bringing with it plans for something new, and the boy must find a way to save his friend before it’s too late …
To offer any more than the publishers’ official blurb would destroy the magic and the wonder of this masterpiece from Freya Blackwood who has told the most evocative story entirely in her exquisite illustrations. From the very first page (even the credits are afforded minimal space) there unfolds the most enchanting story of a little lad with a special friend and a critical mission – one that shows that one child can make a difference and can open adult eyes.
If ever there is a book that epitomises the 2022 CBCA Book Week theme, then this is it – and my prediction is that this will be among the winners.