A River by Marc Martin
Published by Penguin Books Australia
This is a stunning book of wonder and fantasy, exotic beauty and subtle messages in sustaining our environment. Marc Martin so brilliantly captures a piece of magic as we are taken on a journey down a winding river.
'A River' immediately encourages engagement from the reader with its gorgeously embossed front cover surface and captivating design, and endpapers that provide clues for the sense of adventure occurring throughout the book. The watercolour and gouache illustrations are rich in tonal impact, texture and composition, allowing our eye to be lead through the pages but also to discover an abundance of delightful details.
From behind her desk, a little girl stares out her window but it is not long before she is steering her little silver boat amongst a wondrous world filled with fascinating landscapes. From busy city bridges, to smoky factory buildings, sailing by fields like giant patchwork quilts, lush greenery and tumbling waterfalls, observing tropical wildlife in jungles and under the sea, and swaying out in stormy waters. Raindrops pelting on her window jolt her back to reality, until a shimmering light beckons her call for another venture.
With inviting, poetic text that resembles a flowing river, and a gentle and serene atmosphere, 'A River' implores young children to be curious, imaginative and reflective of environmental issues and lifestyle choices.
A book to treasure.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Marc Martin
Title: A River
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Published: March 2015