“Perfect Picture Book” Friday


Written and Illustrated by:  Andrew Joyner

Published by:   Schwartz Wade Books, New York  6th October 2020

Ages:    4 – 8 years

Theme:   Empowerment, Community, Hope           

Opening Lines:   Wake up.  Dress up. Drink up. Eat up. Meet up.

Synopsis:   from Amazon –  From a #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator, and the creator of The Pink Hat, comes a timely picture book about a young girl’s mission to inspire others to help the planet!

Celebrate young climate change activists in this charming story about an empowered girl who shows up, listens up, and ultimately, speaks up to inspire her community to take action against climate change. After attending a climate march, a young activist is motivated to make an effort and do her part to help the planet… by organizing volunteers to work to make green changes in their community, from cleaning a lake, to planting trees, to making composting bins, to hosting a clothing swap and more! Here is an uplifting picture book that is an important reminder that no change is too small–and no person is too young–to make a difference.

Why I like this:  Wow! This is great on so many levels.  Firstly it’s inspired by the Climate Change Revolution. A huge message is given in no more than fifty words. A young girl is motivated to make a difference and inspires others to make a better world for tomorrow.

With simple text and lively illustrations in soft pencil with very little colour, Andrew Joyner has given young children a timely story about activism, community, and hope. As a writer I think this book should be on the shelf of every person who is either thinking of writing children’s picture books or who does.  It gives new meaning to – letting the illustrations do the talking.  

Andrew is an Australian illustrator and author and lives in a small country town in the south of Australia.  It was while he was working on an Australian Children’s magazine in 2007 that an author saw his illustrations and recommended him to her editor for her new picture book. Jane Goodwin publisher of Penguin took a chance and asked if he would like to have a go at illustrating the book and he has been illustrating and writing children’s books ever since.  What luck!

Resources:    Andrew’s  website:  https://www.andrewjoyner.com.au/about-andrew

Environmental Education for at Home, In Schools and the Community – https://www.earthday.org/education-resource-library/?gclid=CjwKCAiA9vOABhBfEiwATCi7GPtgtVgYwsFSAcBOz5aAaM-IC7j8vAME–bg6F1EoGsppEqXw5fZ3hoCY14QAvD_BwE

I’m always happy reviewing Picture Books that come my way and share them with you.  If you would like to see more please pop over to Susanna Leonard Hills Blog where there are hundreds of books reviewed by other like-minded authors and writers.  Thank you for popping in and I hope you return again soon

About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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14 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book” Friday

  1. Darlene says:

    It´s great for kids to know they can make a difference.

  2. Love the story behind this book! And so powerful to be able to use so few words to get this important message across. Great rec, Diane!

  3. Joanna says:

    Thanks for introducing us to this Australian author/illustrator. I love those opening lines and the timely inspiration in under fifty words!

    • Thanks Joanna. The opening lines were over a few pages so you can imagine the illustrations are key to telling (showing) this story. Love seeing you here.

  4. I hadn’t seen this one. Thanks for highlighting it. I’ll have to see if I can get it.

  5. My favorite books to share — kids making a difference in their world. This is perfect for Earth Day April 22. I was just watching an interview with Greta Thunberg the other day. The youth today are so concerned about the environment! Will check this one out. LOVE THE COVER!

  6. What a powerful picture book Diane! I love that practical doable environmental actions are included for kids!

  7. Glad you like it Lindsey. Thanks for your lovely comment.

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