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Title: Invisible Us
Author: Dougie Arnold
Illustrator: Yuliya Somina
Release Date: 10th September 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 32
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
This is a fun, inspirational and beautiful picture book with a great story and message for children. Gecko feels that no one sees him and he’s almost invisible until he sets out to discover others who are ‘invisible’ like him. This is an adventure where he meets so many others who may be very different but feel the same and they become friends.
The story is illustrated throughout in a very child friendly, appealing manner and introduces them to a wide range of camouflaged creatures for the readers to find – a brilliant way to get them engaged looking closely at the illustrations to discover a range of different animals. I could certainly use this as a teacher to prompt work on habitats, organisms, similarities and differences, friendship, artwork and so much more! It is great for showing how things which may initially appear totally different may have things in common and that you don’t have to look, move or be the same to actually be friends. There’s even an extra couple of colourful pages where readers are encouraged to draw their own ‘invisible’ friends.
I’ll certainly be looking out for more by this talented author and illustrator in future and have no hesitation in highly recommending this book to children, parents/carers and teachers. I requested and was gifted a copy of it and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and thoroughly enjoying doing so.
Can you imagine being almost invisible? Well, that’s exactly what Gecko felt he was, so decided to set out on an adventure to find some new friends like him. Join Gecko on his journey and you will be amazed at the fantastic creatures he meets. Have fun trying to find them in this magical story.
Dougie Arnold’s decision, as a young teacher, to move to Kenya was to change his life. Teaching in four different international schools, the last of which he set up from scratch for the then leader of the Kenyan opposition, Ken Matiba, he fell in love with the country. Some years later, the President’s family, the Kenyattas, asked him to be head of their prep school but his father’s cancer prevented a return to Africa.
Half way through his fifteen years in Kenya he took two years out of the classroom and helped to run and market a game reserve on the edge of the Rift Valley, broadcasting some of his exploits on BBC radio and qualifying as a pilot. Wildlife and its protection became a passion.
Returning to the UK he spent eighteen years as deputy head of a leading London prep school but took early retirement in order to write. The influence of Africa is core to his work. An illustrated children’s book, Invisible Us, is due out in September and Tusker, a novel on elephant poaching, at the end of the year.
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Many thanks to Faye Rogers and Authoright for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. The review is my own, honest opinion after choosing to read this delightful book.