Spark by Adam Wallace
Published by Ford Street Publishing
A powerful reflection of the devastation of bush fires, written and illustrated by two gentlemen deeply affected by the Ash Wednesday bushfires. Wallace portrays the life of a small flame that is blown out of proportion by the wind, and in doing so explores the idea of detrimental friendships. Wallace captures the essence of a raging bushfire eloquently, with words which will not intimidate young readers. Even the font used reflects the chaotic nature of a bushfire.
Plant’s illustrations, though sparse, portray the devastating damage that a bush fire can inflict on nature – both flora and fauna, built structures, and people. This is a book that can be used in the home and classroom to teach the dangers of bushfires, and the impact that they have on everything that they come in contact with.
Congratulations to Wallace and Plant on producing a work of art, commemorating that horrible day that devastated the lives of thousands, and the natural landscape, in a poetic way that does not induce fear, yet accurately portrays the impact of bushfires.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Adam Wallace
Illustrator: Andrew Plant
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing
Published: October 2016