April 26 2021
Middle grade picture books
Title: The Lost Child of Chernobyl
Author: Helen Bate
Genre/ issues: Historical fiction. Graphic novel.
Title: The Rock From the Sky
Author: Jon Klassen
Genre/ issues: Picture book. Mystery. Friendship.
A couple of middle grade graphics – and I’m caught up! (For now anyway)
The Lost Child of Chernobyl by Helen Bate is a fictional narrative about the impact of the Chernobyl disaster on the families, communities, land and animals in the surrounding areas. It’s beautifully illustrated, and whilst it deals with some potentially confronting content, it portrays this sensitively and appropriately for upper primary or lower secondary readers.
I love Jon Klassen’s art style, and The Rock From the Sky is fantastic. Quirky, witty and wryly humorous, it’s a great tale about friendship, things from outer space, and trusting your gut. Loved it!