The colour illustrations by author/illustrator Tomi Ungerer create a wonderfully mysterious atmosphere that beautifully complements this myth-like story. Finn and Cara’s experiences on Fog Island seem both real and a creation of their imagination as they encounter the Fog Man, the elderly long-haired man who creates the fog that hovers about their shores.
There is an enigmatic air to the story – did it happen or was it merely a dream, a fantasy two scared children created to help them face their fears and uncertainty.
Fog Island is a personal ‘homage to Ireland’ by Tomi Ungerer. While the story is linked to the types of myths and legends that are part of the cultural history for remote coastal towns, it also captures a more universal image of times when bonds between family and community were strong and life was lived in a simple fashion closely connected with nature.
I think the atmospheric illustrations of this story captured my attention. It all seems so wonderfully old-fashioned and other worldly. An unusual picture book story, but one that is likely to appeal to those who enjoy tales of myths and legends.
Title: Fog Island
Author/Illustrator: Tomi Ungerer
Publisher: Phaidon, $19.95 RRP
Publication Date: April 2013
Format: Hardcover (with dust jacket)
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book