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Friday 19 October 2018

Review: Leaf Stone Beetle

This deep and meaningful book is about the transience of life in all things, especially nature. This is represented by a leaf, a stone and a beetle.

The last leaf on a tree is swept away in a storm to be caught in a tree’s roots. Stone is removed from its forever place by a forceful current. It lands in the same place as Leaf. 

Beetle is left behind by the others while preoccupied examining the beauty of its surroundings. It too, ends up with Leaf and Stone in the tangled roots. The three are together now, each reflecting on what was and what tomorrow may bring.

Versatile and insightful writer Ursula Dubosarsky, has created a divine text using alliteration and assonance to accent sound and movement when read aloud.  Multi-talented, award-winning artist and illustrator Gaye Chapman enhances this text with fine line art combined with bold black strokes and outlines.

This is the first book from both creators for Dirt Lane Press. Beautifully designed, it has a stunning layout, and end papers which are part of the inside cover that depict the three characters. The gorgeous olive-coloured cover has a framed image on the front of Stone being forced downstream by the rush of water, with Beetle clinging to Leaf.

This is a gift book with a strong message that children and adults will treasure.

Title: Leaf Stone Beetle
Author: Ursula Dubosarsky
Illustrator: Gaye Chapman
Publisher: Dirt Lane Press, $16.99
Publication Date: August 2018
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 97806480238
For ages: 8 - 12
Type: Picture Book for Older Readers