Adelaide's Secret World by Elise Hurst
Published by Allen and Unwin
This striking hardback picture book with it's achingly beautiful painted illustrations is one you will return to many times, gaining new insights each time. Red features prominently in this book speaking of Adelaide's passion and spreading her warmth and love throughout both her, only just mythical, city and Hurst's book. There are delightful surprises such as old ships flying into shore, bears, lions and rabbits dressed for and walking to work and school amongst human peers. This and other surprises serve to give it a mythical quality, but the familiar streets and parks mean it could easily be any everyday cityscape, anybody and everybody's story.
Once busy Adelaide, is crushingly lonely and spends her days looking out for those just like her, the still and quiet, "those who danced and sighed and dreamed alone" and her nights using her memories to create her own model world. As beautiful as her creations may be they cannot fill her heart. Adelaide needs a friend, no more, a kindred spirit, "One day Adelaide was restless" and her excursion into the city, interrupted by a storm is just what Adelaide and so many others need in their busy and lonely lives. How can Adelaide change her story, find love and friendship and help many others along the way? You can bet it has something to do with the colour red! Take a dive into Adelaide's Secret World, you won't regret it.
Very highly recommended for children from 4-104.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Elise Hurst
Title: Adelaide's Secret World
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Published: November 2015