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Review for #booksontour
Good afternoon :)
Let me start with a quote so wisely spoken by a magical master..
“No spell can reawaken the dead. Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.”
- Albus Dumbledore
So … why the quote? Well, today I have the privilege of reviewing and sharing with you; a magical book that touches gently on the subject of death/loss
and of course it has a bunny being pulled from a big hat
(because what magical book is complete without one!)
Today’s book is the whimsical, magical and fantastic
‘The Rabbit’s Magician’
by Shae Millward and Andy Fackrell.
The blurb for the book is simple, yet inviting.
Ziggy’s beloved magician has performed an amazing disappearing trick. But just where is The Amazing Albertino?
And waits some more.
Has something gone wrong with the trick?
The Rabbit’s Magician also has some special features
-Themes of love, loss and comfort.
-A gentle story on a sensitive subject.
-Inspired by a scientific principle: The Law of Conservation of Energy.
-Contains references to and representations of the moon and its phases.
-Offers comfort to those who have lost a loved one – person or animal.
-Includes Australian animals.
-Links to the curriculum [STEM/STEAM, The Arts, Health and Physical Education.
About the book
The Rabbit’s Magician
BY SHAE MILLWARD & ANDY FACKRELL
PUBLICATION DATE: 1 August 2022
FORMAT: Hardcover, Paperback
AGE GUIDE: Younger Readers, 3-8 years
With all that being said and after reading it through many times…
The story itself is a gentle way to introduce friendship and the impact it can have on a person (or rabbit). It shows that when you find a true friend and find things you both enjoy, you can have so many special moments.
Moments and experiences that will stay with you
as you continue on your journey, whether alone or together.
The story touches on how hard work and practice
mean you can move closer to achieving your dreams.
It touches on the moon and environment and features not only the fabulous magician and his clever rabbit, but also multiple (adorable) Australian creatures.
The book touches on loss and the grieving process but in a subtle/gentle way.
The beginning of the story shows a magical pair of best friends and as the story progresses, the author gently shows the illness of one of the pair, without being in your face and scary.
Once the character is no longer around, it shows (in a heartwarming but sad way) that his best friend and companion waits for his return, not realising what has happened. The animals who care about him, gather and help the remaining character to see that his friend has gone and that he is all around him. They show him that his friend is watching over him and help him to think of happy times,
much like our friends would do if we needed them after a loss.
I adore this story; it is a little sad in the right places and heartwarming in others; with a lot of exciting magical moments weaved through it.
I LOVE this book and will be recommending it to many others.
The illustrations in the book are bright and clear, simple and soft. They are easy to follow and have many cute details.
I teared up when Ziggy is looking to the sky ; waiting for his friend to reappear.
The Australian animals are well done, and children will love flipping through the pages and finding new details each time.
The Author and the illustrator of this book are a perfect fit for each other and together they have created not only a story or a book,
but a resource that will span many years and will continue to bring comfort to the youngest readers as they work through loss and grief,
and as they navigate life when family and friends come and go.
All involved in the creation of this book have done a fabulous job and I feel so privileged to have been gifted a copy to review.
About the Author-
Shae Millward is an enthusiastic advocate for literacy. She aims to inspire through a love of books, the joy of reading and writing, and the art of storytelling. Shae enjoys writing picture books, poetry, song lyrics, inspirational quotes, short stories and more.
To find out more about Shae or to purchase the book visit
https://shaemillward.com or https://fordstreetpublishing.com
About the Illustrator-
Andy Fackrell is one of the most awarded and recognised multi-dimensional creatives in the world. A career in advertising earned him the highest honours, including the Cannes Grand Prix in film for his work for Nike. A true creative nomad, living and working in all continents — Antarctica excepted — he is now a film maker exploring documentaries on social and environmental issues.
Group Hug! was inspired by his safari across the Serengeti, and, on a separate journey, a short film he created in South Africa to aid in the fight against animal poaching. He writes for film, paints for himself, and occasionally illustrates other authors’ work that touch on important issues.
Andy lives by the beach in Sydney. Group Hug! is his first book.
To find out more about Andy or to purchase the book visit
https://www.andyfackrell.com or https://fordstreetpublishing.com
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