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Saturday 19 February 2011

Review: Last Tree in the City

We've made it pretty clear how much we love books by Peter Carnavas here on Kids Book Review, and Last Tree in the City is no exception.

Young Edward lives in a big city, devoid of colour - most particularly the colour green. His one respite is the last tree in the city where the young lad spends many a whistful hour, indulging in the beauty of nature.

But then one day, the tree is gone.
Edward is distraught but he discovers a small glimmer of hope that might just change the future for the city... and bring colour back into his world.

Typical of Carnavas' ability to take a simple premise and emote it eloquently, and without schmaltz, Last Tree in the City holds a gentle ecological message - and the understanding that yes, one person can make a difference.

Filled with the author's totally sweet and now iconic illustrations, the pictures are a delight to flick through - and perfectly complement the story at every turn. From Edward's spotty bike helmet to his little red wagon, these illustrations are as heart-warming as ever.

The full page illustration of the moment Edward finds the tree gone, is just priceless.

Another classic-in-the-making from this talented author/illustrator - Carnavas is Australia's answer to Oliver Jeffers.

Title: Last Tree in the City
Author/Illustrator: Peter Carnavas
Publisher: New Frontier, $24.95
Publication Date: September 2010
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781921042218
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book