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Monday 17 October 2016

Review: small things

Mel Tregonning was a world-renowned Manga artist. She began illustrating this wordless graphic novel, centred around feelings of loneliness and hopelessness, in 2008. Each of her images bears silent witness to the quiet but invasive influence negative feelings can have if they are left unchecked but also to the powerful positive impact small actions can have on a sensitive soul. Tragically, Mel took her life in 2014.

Mel’s family has worked together with Shaun Tan to complete Mel’s unfinished work, which I believe will become a legacy of love and hope for anyone struggling to overcome sadness, anxiety or depression. The final three illustrations contributed by Shaun Tan remain true to Mel’s original collection while adding the gentlest note of hope: something we all need when times are tough.
Small things is a timeless commentary on everyday incidentals and how these seemingly insignificant moments can affect us profoundly. The smallest slight considered and analysed in minutiae can eat away at self-confidence and belief. Left to grow, inklings of doubt eat away the very fabric of our being. Yet a moment of caring can unwind worry and pain, soothe hurts and offer hope.

Mel’s images speak volumes without the need for a single written word. Small things is truly a work of the heart.

Title: small things
Author/Illustrator: Mel Tregonning
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $29.99 RRP
Publication Date: 24 August 2016
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781742379791
For ages: 11+
Type: Graphic Novel