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Sunday 5 December 2021

Review: The World Awaits

The World Awaits is a brand new picture book from Tomos Roberts, the creator of the 2020 hit, The Great Realisation. And just like that book, The World Awaits has an important message. 

Described as a 'manifesto for our time', it's about the contribution we all make to the world, and how little things can make a difference. 

It's about being positive, and looking for the good. And about how getting out of bed might be difficult, but it's important to approach the day positively.

Tomas' sense of rhyme is spot on, and his grasp of important themes is, too.

Just how do you explain potential to a child? How do you convince them that it doesn't matter how small or insignificant you feel, it's always worth trying?

Tomos takes concepts which could be difficult to explain and communicates in a way that makes sense to a broad range of readers, from young children to adults. In this story, he does it by creating a conversation between and adult and child that enables children's questions to be clearly answered.

The examples used in The World Awaits are simple, yet highly relevant for us all. From smiling or making your bed, to calling a relative, or planting a tree.

Japanese artist, Nomoco is the illustrator, just as she was for the previous book, and brings a special and unique perspective. Their simplicity complements the story and it's message.

You can watch the official video performance of The World Awaits here, but please get the book as well as watching the video. It's one of those we can all enjoy and benefit from reading regularly.

Title: The World Awaits
Author: Tomas Roberts
Illustrator: Nomoco
Publisher: Harper Collins, $ 24.99
Publication Date: October 2021
Format: Hardcover
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book