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Friday 2 June 2017

Review: Glitch

Glitch is an anxious, forgetful bug that twitches constantly. He suffers from low self-esteem, and always feels like he fails in whatever he does. 

The truth is, he is full of creative ideas. He collects everything reusable from the rubbish dump and makes wonderful new things from old.

For the past several years Glitch has built a billy cart with his collected scraps, and entered the annual race with his best friend June. She is his total opposite; kind and patient, and always encouraging. But they have never won a race.

This year, June is accepting no excuses from Glitch. She is determined that everything will go smoothly. Can her positive and assertive attitude help Glitch overcome his anxieties?

This is perhaps Michelle Worthington’s best work yet. The words shine on the page. Carefully considered use of alliteration and assonance produces fantastic sound when read aloud, pleasing the eye, mouth and ear.

Andrew Plant’s visually stunning and detailed full-page illustrations add further brilliance to the text, while challenging young minds to discover hidden objects amongst the debris. The bug characters are terrific!

Glitch is about having a positive attitude, and overcoming fear, anxiety, and lack of self confidence. These emotions are plaited into the main theme of recycling and reusing discarded objects to make new things from old.

All these issues will make excellent starting points for discussion between adult and child, about the how and why of environmental awareness, overcoming negative emotions, and the satisfaction of re-creating.

Title: Glitch
Author: Michelle Worthington
Illustrator: Andrew Plant
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing, $24.95
Publication Date: July 2017
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781925272703
For ages: 3+

Note: Author, Michelle Worthington will be launching Glitch this Saturday 3 June at Ford Street Publishing, Melbourne.