19 November 2014

Book Review: Run Tree Run by Kelly Alsop

JoJo Publishing provided me with a free copy of this book for my review. All opinions are my own.

Run Tree Run
Written by Kelly Alsop and illustrated by Boris Silvestri.
Published by JoJo Publishing
RRP S/C $16.99 H/C $24.99

This is a children's book with a conservationist message. It was written as a protest against a proposed mine near a wildlife reserve at the Cape York Peninsula. The story is written from the perspective of Australian native animals all forced to move away from their homes because "the mine is coming" and they are guided by a wise old tree.

The story introduces some iconic Australian wildlife: a red-tailed black cockatoo, a sugar glider, a couple of galahs, a goanna, a rhinoceros beetle, an archer fish and a cassowary. The book is beautifully illustrated with great use of colour and attention-grabbing design on every page.

Although it is a picture book, personally, I think it would be more appropriate for school-aged children than really little ones, given the themes. And it's those themes which will determine at what age you feel it appropriate to read this book to your child. I did not read it to my 5-year-old, as she is quite sensitive and I felt there was a good chance she would be upset by the ideas. The underlying message of the book is not subtle, so it is definitely one which parents would need to talk through with their children.

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