No Place Like Home by Ronojoy Ghosh
Published by Random House
George the Polar Bear is unhappy. In fact he is quite the grump. He never speaks, he never smiles and he seems to be armed with swatters and sticks in the opening pages. Even ice cream didn’t make him happy and his city house is too small. So he sets off to find his place in the world and after a couple of uncomfortable experiences George finally rows into a strange white landscape where everything is covered in ice and George knows this is the place for him, this is home. The last page sees him knitting happily in a companionable silence with a bird and a penguin chum. No sticks or swats in sight.
The illustrations are beautiful in a bold naïve simple style and the colours reflect George’s blue mood and although George's face is simply constructed, his emotional expressions are touching and heartfelt.
The text is simple and follows the feel of the drawings perfectly.
Understated and gentle, this is a journey about accepting that what makes others happy such as ice cream does not have to make you happy. We all have to find our own niche to feel comfortable. George takes it upon himself to find his own place in the world with great success.
No Place Like Home is a beautiful way to introduce identity, diversity and mood to a very young non-reader.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Ronojoy Ghosh
Title: No Place Like Home
Publisher: Random House
Published: February 2016