Title: Jam For Nana.
Author: Deborah Kelly.
Publisher: Random House Australia.
Publish Date: 1st April, 2014.
Whilst this is a sweet book, undoubtably- the words tell a story that is caring yet sorrowful, the pictures leave you feeling warm- it was not at all what I anticipated and it left me wanting more. I had imagined more... the story of a girl setting off on a great adventure for her grandmother, and I didn't really enjoy what I found instead.
Perhaps the reason I didn't overly enjoy Jam For Nana was because it didn't leave me thrilling or imagining anything much in particular, or perhaps there's a different reason. I'm not entirely sure. Whatever it is, though, I wasn't overwhelmed.
The words, though sweet, didn't touch me, and the illustrations, though warm, didn't stand out- there were moments when I thought I might sink in, but it wasn't to be.
Cover Image Credit: Random House Australia.
Cover Image Credit: Allen and Unwin.
Author: Glenda Millard and Stephen Michael King.
Publisher: Allen and Unwin.
Publish Date: 26th March, 2014.
My first attempt to read this halted after no more than two pages: a headache and the words, twisting across the page and unfamiliar, were unreadable, refusing to penetrate my mind.
The second time I opened it I was a little daunted and again the first pages were confronting with so many new, peculiar things all spoken of as if they were completely ordinary, a whole way of living to comprehend- but then I was touched by the beauty of the words. The story.
It lingers with me, a week after finishing, and holding the book now I feel as if this is something so delightfully precious in my grasp: a treasure.
And truly, it is! The world may be confusing, the speech unfamiliar, but before you have time to truly think about it you will, no doubt, aready have felt the promise of this story put it's hands to you and beckon you forward.
This beautiful, tranquil story, written so breathtakingly and illustrated perfectly, is magnificent, truly, and I will not forget it.
Thank you to Random House Australia for the review copy of Jam for Nana.
Thank you to Allen and Unwin for the review copy of The Duck and the Darklings.