Joe Todd-Stanton, The Comet, Flying Eye Books, July 2022, 32 pp., RRP $29.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781838740658
Nyla loves her home in the country, but Dad finds a new job and they must move to the city. Everything is different and she longs for her old home until one night she sees something familiar from her window: a comet. Something magical sprouts from her imagination and with Dad she is able to blend her memories of the old with her new experiences to make this new place home.
Moving home can be one of life’s most stressful experiences and it is a storyline much visited by authors. This beautiful picture book approaches the topic in a fresh new way. The text is spare and perfectly chosen. The rich illustrations are emotive and whimsical. The love between father and daughter shines through the experiences they share and the memories that have been made in their old home are built upon in the new, enriched by new experiences, leaving the reader with hope for the future.
This is the first book I have read by this award-winning international picture book creator. I look forward to discovering more of his work. A worthy addition to your library bookshelves for ages 3-8. An activity sheet is available at the publisher’s website.
Reviewed by Sharon Seymour