Magrit by Lee Battersby
Published by Walker Books Australia
This book is a strange tale that I became quite intrigued by. Magrit lives in a cemetery, with a puppet made of bones called Master Puppet. Their life in the cemetery is changed one day when Magrit hears the cry of a baby.
Against puppet’s warnings Magrit becomes a surrogate mother for the young one. She names the child Bugrat.
As Magrit cares for Bugrat and becomes attached to him, I found myself wondering what life in the cemetery meant to Magrit. This thrilling story is not long and I read it quite quickly. The illustrations by Amy Daoud are whimsical and each chapter title is adorned by illustrations that compliment the themes of the story.
The ending of the story is satisfying and helps encapsulate the setting and tone for the whole story. I thoroughly enjoyed this story which surprised me I must admit. A great book for all ages.
It is dark, haunting, thrilling and I felt I was with Magrit through her journey.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Lee Battersby
Illustrator: Amy Daoud
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Published: March 2016