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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Review: Midnight: The Story of a Light Horse

The poignancy of historical picture books is a joy to immerse oneself in, but most particularly when it's work done by this formidable creative duo - husband and wife team, Frané Lessac and Mark Greenwood.

In their latest book, Midnight: The Story of a Light Horse, we're taken on a journey back to 1917 and the battle of Beersheba in the Middle East, close to the Turkish bastion of Gaza.

It follows the true story of a man from the Hunter Valley of New South Wales--Guy Haydon--and his beautiful black mare, Midnight. The duo served in the Australian Light Horse Brigade--and were amongst the first to cross those terrifying trenches, and charge their way into enemy lines--and into history.

Chilling, moving, this narrative non-fiction picture book will enchant readers of all ages--for its simple yet beautifully-written content, and for the vibrant, child-friendly imagery Lessac does so well.

Like the dance of the men of the 4th and 12th Regiments on 31 October, 1917, Midnight is a dance between author and illustrator that touches the heart.

Horse lovers take note. My daughter has already snaffled this book for her room.

Title: Midnight: The Story of a Light Horse
Author: Mark Greenwood
Illustrator: Frané Lessac
Publisher: Walker Books, $27.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 February 2014
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781921977718
For ages: 5 - 10
Type: Picture Book

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