John Burningham brings us this poetic tale about a special friendship between a lonely girl and her secret friend, Aldo. With Aldo around, sunshine and laughter fill the little girl's life and she forgets her everyday fears.
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(295mm x 255mm x 4mm)
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
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US Kirkus Review »
The creator of several outstanding books that explore children's imaginative inner lives (Come Away from the Water, Shirley, 1977, etc.) takes a more direct approach than usual in a touching portrait of a solitary child with an imaginary friend, Aldo, a rabbit just about her size. Aldo can be counted on to turn up "when things get really bad" (an illustration shows the child being bullied in the school lavatory); unfortunately, he can't help when her parents are arguing because "he's only my special friend" (italics added). The oversize format dramatizes the contrast between the introspective sketches of the child on her own, surrounded by negative space, and her outings with Aldo: a joyous dance in a sea of brilliant yellow splashed across a double spread; skating or tightrope-walking against a bank of black and crimson clouds. Aldo is a quietly comforting figure, tenderly absorbing the feelings suggested in the deftly understated text and the wonderfully expressive illustrations, with agile line and Turneresque spreads of subtly modulated color. Unusually perceptive, unsentimental treatment of a familiar theme. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - John Burningham
John Burningham is one of the most prestigious and well-loved illustrators working in the children's book field today. Trained at the Central School of Art, his first picture book, Borka was published in 1963. He has won the Kate Greenaway Award twice for Borka and Mr Gumpy's Outing, and has enjoyed a distinguished career spanning over 45 years.