Having just come off a Zoom-launch for this lovely new picture book, I want to shout my enthusiasm loudly and say “Happy Book Birthday!!!” to....Albert Upside Down by Ian Brown and Eoin Clarke. Graffeg, Ltd is certainly playing a blinder with its’ publications this year, and this book is so special, for so many reasons.
ALBERT UPSIDE DOWN
author: Ian Brown
illustrator: Eoin Clarke
Graffeg Ltd (27 April 2021)
Albert, the pet tortoise opens his eyes to discover the garden looks rather different…and when he moves his legs, he’s not walking. He’s waving in the air. Oh, dear. Now he remembers. While trying to stretch to reach a tasty treat, Albert slid off the rock. He’s landed upside down. And now, he’s stuck. The other creatures in the garden gather round, all with different ideas about how to right the situation. But if they’re really going to help Albert, they will have to get past their garden rivalry and work together. It’s not going to be easy. But you never know…it might just be the smallest amount of assistance that makes the biggest difference.
Inspired by the adventures of the real-life Albert (who was rescued over 50 years ago and lives with the author) this book is just wonderful! Heart-warming and funny, we get lead down the garden path and into a space populated by the most caring, industrious creatures who overcome their competitive sides to band together, think creatively and help their friend. (Those ants still love to show off a bit, though.) There is that moment clearly demonstrating that every effort to solve a problem counts and sometimes it’s the smallest, quietest effort that creates the perfect solution.
The illustrations are superb! Expressive, naturalistic, but with a ripple of fantasy and intricate in detail, each page is catches all the movement and action, translating the story into a visual feast of back garden drama. The colours are rich, vibrant and painterly. This works hand-in-hand with the text to pull the reader along at a perfect pace, absorbing the full story and lingering over the pages to find that one little detail that was previously unseen.
Add in a page of tortoise facts (plus an introduction to real-life Albert) and this book is bound to fire further interest in this “modern-day mini-dinosaur living life on the veg” and all of his cousins around the world.
Written with quirky humour and tenderness in equal measure, illustrated in a fascinating, beautiful hand, there is much to intrigue, inspire and delight even the youngest children. Enchanting, charming….simply wonderful. https://graffeg.com/products/albert-upside-down
Thank you to Graffeg, Ltd for supplying me with a review copy of Albert Upside Down; and thank you for a great online launch today! I can’t wait to see what Albert gets up to next!