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A small boy lands on the page and, quite by accident, discovers the joy and wonder of life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781921928468
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Book Review: Boy on the Page by Peter Carnavas - Reviewed by RomiS (07 Jul 2014)
''One quiet morning, a small boy landed on the page.''
This character makes quite an entrance to the opening page, and we are immediately hooked in! The boy is shown gradually falling onto a blank page, and as he does, his colours emerge in three successive steps.
As his world and new life begins to mysteriously appear and grow around him, the boy is faced with an interesting quandary, as he wonders, ''Why am I here?''
Peter Carnavas takes the reader on the boy's exciting and sometimes comical journey that is his life. We see the boy taking adventures on horses and boats, experience music and appreciate nature. And as he grows he conquers the difficult feat of climbing a mountain. He starts a family and becomes responsible for nurturing, caring for and loving others.
But has his philosophical question been answered? Does he now know why he landed on the page?
In his final attempt to discover the answer, the boy has literally left us, just as the story began, with an almost blank white page. A very clever and powerful move by Peter Carnavas. And when the boy tumbles straight back into the shot, it is there on the last page that he finally understands what has made his existence so special.
So, why do we read books to children? What valuable life lessons do we want them to learn? Really, what is the meaning of life?
Peter Carnavas has so thoughtfully and beautifully weaved these ideas in to The Boy on the Page, in a way that is fun and appropriate for its' readers of any age. His gently written story paired with his gorgeous watercolour illustrations, varied page layouts, and clever mix of full colour and white space, makes The Boy on the Page a most engaging, joyous read many times over.
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