We have had the pleasure of reading a lovely review of ‘Will and Nill’ sent to us by Nikan Ar. He is 15 and he is a student in London. The review is very well written and is inspiring to say the least. Thank you Nikan!
Will and Nill is a very beautiful picture book that uses life messages not only for children but for people of all ages. Although the book is about two cats, their story could be about anyone. Nill represents the bad qualities in a person and Will represents the good qualities. This is done so that the cats are personifed to make the story and the moral easier to understand.
An effective episode is where a bird comes and asks if the cats wanted to play. Nill rejected this offer and wanted to eat the bird but Will stepped in and said that the bird was his friend. By following the bird, Will had fun and found some food. This is important because it shows that there is always a reward with fun.
My final thought about this book is that it has a good moral and that it leaves you thinking about what would happen to Nill at the end of the book.
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More to read about this book:
Fab feline friendships and cat antics. A review by Read It Daddy!. Link
Why do ants queue in such a straight line? A review by Parents In Touch. Link
A little effort can make a big difference. A review by Jill Bennett. Link
What do cats like doing? A review by a reader in GuardianWitness. Link
We have been asking children’s writers, illustrators, lecturers and journalists:
‘Are picture books for children, or adults can enjoy them just as much?’
Below you will find the last answers of our survey.
To see a summary of the results of this survey please click here:
There’s a picture book for everybody out there
Picture books are changing and authors and illustrators are experimenting with new and more exciting formats for adults as well as children to enjoy. Many picture books are mini works of art and introduce readers to new concepts and exciting stories. Adults can definitely enjoy picture books whether they share them with a child or read them alone, there’s a picture book for everybody out there!
*Catherine is a mum, book blogger, writer and teacher.
Picture books have the power to tell a story that touches everyone
Picture books are written and illustrated by adults who still think like children. They have the power to tell a story that touches everyone. In order to engage children we have to think like children. Picture books take the imagination of a child and fuse it with the wisdom of an adults experiences. By doing so books can touch everyone, young, old and from all walks of life. The most important thing is that we continue to read to our children.
*Paula is an illustrator
Angie Stevens AKA Doodlemum:
I could live in the pictures!
I love picture books. Having children has allowed me to completely indulge my love of gorgeous illustrations. My most favourite is “Madeline” I could live in the pictures.
In fact one day you may very well find me on the page with the tiger in the zoo on the bench drawing Madeline and her friends saying “poo poo!”.
*Angie is an auther.
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