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Thursday 12 September 2013

Review: The Boy on the Page

One quiet morning, a young boy lands on a page. At first, there's nothing there but very soon, things begin to unfold.


Things grow, as does the boy. And as he grows, he wonders 'why am I here?'

Things happen. Everyday things. Horseriding, catching fish, playing an accordion, planting trees, climbing mountains and falling in love.

Then, when the boy has become a man, he wonders yet again--'why am I here?' So he jumps off the page to find out.

Few but Peter Carnavas can bring the big question of Life, The Universe and Everything into a children's picture book, but the talented author/illustrator does it with aplomb. The parallel between a new life and a blank page is a deeply rewarding one that will touch the hearts of even the smallest of kids in ways they may not realise.

This is a typical Carnavas book--sensitive without a trace of schmaltz, packed with thoughtfulness and depth but also light, funny and enchanting for all ages.

The Boy on the Page is a beautifully-layered tale, finely-written and warmly illustrated, with the author's iconic characters and lush colouring. And it may well be my favourite Carnavas book yet.

Title: The Boy on the Page
Author/Illustrator: Peter Carnavas
Publisher: New Frontier, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 September 2013
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781921928468
For ages: 4 - 10
Type: Picture Book