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Monday 15 April 2019

Review: Tintinnabula

Tintinnabula is an exquisitely poignant picture book that resonates deeply. From the first touch, first look, first read, this book transports readers from dark and menacing times, through imposing but compelling doorways, to a safer, gentler world beyond.

Margo Lanagan's text captures heart-aching difficulties, then carries readers from trouble, pain, suffering and fear towards comfort, certainty, safety and self.

Rovina Cai's atmospheric illustrations majestically sweep across every page and this book was a most deserving winner of the 2018 Children's Book Council of Australia's Crichton Award.

The reader gradually moves from harsh and jagged landscapes, toned in fierce reds, blacks and browns, towards the gentle, green, wind-swept hills of Tintinnabula, where doves fly and lingering sounds of bells reverberate with peace. This book is a powerful symbol of hope.

Title: Tintinnabula
Author: Margo Lanagan
Illustrator: Rovina Cai
Publisher: Little Hare , $29.99
Publication Date: 1 October 2017
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781742975252
For ages: 7+
Type: Picture Book