Chasing Shadows written by Corinne Fenton & Illustrated by Hannah Sommerville
Published by Ford Street Publishing
Chasing Shadows, is the gorgeous new picture book from Corinne Fenton and first time published illustrator, Hannah Sommerville.
Corinne introduces us to Beth who is coming to terms with loss of her mother. Corrine shows perfectly rather than tells in this story with the reference to the loss of her mother depicted in the watercolours of Hannah Sommerville. The illustration of Beth on the swing with the shadow of her mother is a particularly powerful.
Beth’s father tries in vain to reach his grief stricken daughter with every young girl’s temptation, a puppy. But for Beth it is too soon. Beth is consumed by the memory of her mother and not ready to re-join the world around her. Patches is an unwanted distraction. But his playful innocence slowly warms Beth’s heart and when Patches is bitten by a snake, Beth along with Patches is brought back to life as she nurses him back to health.
This is a powerful book that will touch the heart of the reader, ideal for children who are experiencing the loss of a parent.
Chasing Shadows combines beautiful watercolours from Hannah Sommerville with the powerful yet compassionate voice of Corrine Fenton.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Corinne Fenton
Illustrator: Hannah Sommerville
Title: Chasing Shadows
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing
ISBN: 9781925000153 (HB)