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Sunday 13 October 2019

Review: Fly

Lucy's imagination sparked her passion to fix things. She often assisted her father when he needed help because it was just the two of them living on the farm.

One day Lucy discovered a common sparrow with a broken wing. Lucy combined her compassion, imagination and determination to aid Flap to fly again.

With her chalk Lucy thought, drew and planned the perfect solution. Once she had collected all her materials she spent a whole weekend and a few afternoons, hammering, nailing, sawing and sewing until her creation was completed.

Lucy took her invention to a field and rolled it down the hill, with both her and Flap on-board. Flap was flying again until something unexpected happened.

Jess McGeachin's debut picture book, Fly, will leave you breathless as he weaves a tale that is engaging, exhilarating and memorable. Take the time to look at the deeper message not only in the words but also in the images and colours he has woven into the illustrations, creating a poignant story.

On the surface McGeachin's Fly is about Lucy's imagination and her ability to fix things. When readers delve deeper they will discover a story about grief, love and acceptance. Readers will join Lucy on an emotional roller coaster of  feelings, including pride, sadness, unfairness, excitement, anticipation, hope, exhilaration, joy, disappointment and loss. 

Fly will help guide readers to a place of understanding, that while we cannot fix everything that is broken, there are people (or even animals) who will help you and like the seasons, life continues to move forward.

During this story a number of birds are featured and McGeachin has included a double page spread at the end of the book to help with their identification. Also included is a fact box with some information of what to do if you find an injured bird.

Title: Fly
Author/Illustrator: Jess McGeachin
Publisher: Puffin Books, $24.99
Publication Date: 6 August 2019
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781760892562
For ages: 4 – 7
Type: Picture Book