By: Nadia Wheatley and Matt Ottley
Luke sees things a little differently to the rest of the boys in his class. They are happy to see and do as they are told but Luke sees different colours and different shapes. He sees things a little off centre. Because of this Luke feels as though he doesn’t fit in and his teacher is always shouting at him. Then one day he discovers a place full of things that show him others see the world like he does. Things there make him happy, finally he feels as though he is home.
This CBCA Honour Book is a story about being different and celebrates that. The story perfectly tells of Luke’s frustration and the illustrations wonderfully depict how it is to be creative and see more than what those around you see, from the flatness of most of life to the colourful explosion of things Luke imagines.
An interesting book and definitely one to share especially with a creative child.
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Published: 01 June 2012
Format: Paperback 40 pages
Categories: Creativity, Fitting In
ISBN 13: 9781921977725
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By: Oliver Jeffers
Meet the Hueys. There are lots of them and the thing about the Hueys is that they are all the same. They look the same, they all do the same things. Until the day Rupert knitted himself a nice new jumper. The Hueys thought this ‘being different’ was terrible until Gillespie decided he wanted to be different too.
This is a funny little story about conformity and being yourself. The story is very simple, the illustrations very basic – predominantly black and white with just a few splotches of colour. This is suitable for the very young listeners, but to be honest not my favourite Jeffers picture book.
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Published: 01 May 2012
Format: Hardback 32 pages
Categories: Conformity, Picture Books
ISBN 13: 9780007420650
This book was sent to me by the publisher.
By: Peter Reynolds
This book is beautiful in concept and presentation. It is not a picture book that lends itself to a story synopsis as the boy is alone and the story is about his perceptions of the moment, how he sees things differently to those around him. It does however touch on topics such as isolation, difference and imagination.
The media release states ‘I’m Here is an extraordinary picture book that gives voice to the often silent world of a child struggling to connect with his peers and speaks to the universal need to be loved and heard’. I don’t usually use quotes from press release but in this case I think it explains it best.
This is a stunning book, simple in it’s scope and presentation, both text wise and illustratively. One of the very few books that families living with autism will be able to relate to.
Published: 01 September 2011
Format: Hardback 32 pages
Categories: Fiction, School Stories, Disability, Relationships
ISBN 13: 9781416996491
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