April dela Noche Milne’s illustrations are glorious. Every page is illustrated with so much emotion and detail, telling a beautiful story of a girl, Lacuna, and her struggles to find her place in the world. Milne’s art carries a children’s book quality in their simplicity, but they never lose their emotional core.
Wayde Compton’s text boils the narrative of migration into Lacuna’s story: a girl who’s displaced from the only home she’s ever known, and her journey to find a new home and all the trials and tribulations that come with it. Lacuna is no victim of circumstance; she’s an intrepid do-er that uses her ingenuity to overcome the obstacles literally put in her way. Along the way, Lacuna learns that “leaving, arriving, returning – they’re all just different words for the same thing: starting over again.” If there’s one quibble I have about this book, it’s the occasionally very dark text bubble that makes the letters really hard to read.
Overall, this is whole-hearted recommendation from me. This should be in nurseries, classrooms, and libraries. It’s entirely appropriate for the whole family.
Creative Team: Wayde Compton (writer), April dela Noche Milne (illustrator)
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
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