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Friday 12 May 2023

Review: Dorothy

I have a pair of Doc Martins on and
They shine dully in this half light and
I click my toes together once,
Twice, three times.
I whisper, I mumble, I barely let loose the call.
‘Where is my home? Where is my home?
Where is my home?’

This is Dorothy’s story. She's searching for her home, like another Dorothy you might have heard of. Though this Dorothy’s story is a little different. Because this Dorothy is not in a faraway fantastical world...

Rather, she’s here — with you and me — looking at the world around her and trying to discover where she belongs.

I called out to
The smooth pebbles beneath the waves and I asked,
‘Is this my home? Is this my home? Is this my home?’

In her journey, Dorothy considers all the different places and people that can feel like home. She reflects on the sky and the sun and nature around her. She considers the in-between places and the magic hidden there that can also feel like home.

By the end of the book, Dorothy is home. She finds what she's looking for and is content. But I won’t tell you where she finds it. That’s for you to discover when you explore this great adventure. Because it is an adventure. A beautiful, lyrical quest for Dorothy and her audiences to take together. A gift from talented author Jordan Collins.

Kids are going to like this one. It will make them think and question. It’s a conversation starter. It’s a book to ponder and pull apart with discussion afterwards. With themes of belonging, home and identity, it’s a book that will speak to everyone who has ever felt a little bit odd or a little bit other. It’s a story for the kids who are trying to find themselves, bringing them reassurance that whoever they are, they are enough.

The illustrations by Myo Yim are glorious! Soft colour extends to every corner of every page. Intricate details in the background dance. There is so much to see. So much to explore. So much to warm your heart.

A stunner of a picture book!

Title: Dorothy
Author: Jordan Collins
Illustrator: Myo Yim
Publisher: Puffin, $24.99
Publication Date: 28 February 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781761044243
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book