Jess has been keen to do her own book reviews, so this is her first filmed one. We did it in one take, unprompted so there is both a bit of rambling & random phone noises – apologies):
My grown up assessment of the book:
This is no ordinary hide-and-seek book but contains a message about deforestation, something which Barroux feels passionately about. Young readers can enjoy the gorgeous illustrations and intriguing tale about how the animals have less and less space to hide. We watch as they end up trapped in a zoo and then break free, sailing off to another forest. It is a lovely story. And the colours of the forest are wonderful – the forest is most definitely a character in its own right.
But for older readers and parents the message is also there – why are trees being cut down and houses being put in place? What happens to the animals when the buildings take over? I said nothing about this book to the kids when they read it – they were able to come to their own very clear conclusions on their own. I’m always wary of message-focussed books but this is a good story and also a good presentation of deforestation and the issues it raises. Books should be vehicles for discussion points – I just object when there is no joy in them. There is plenty of joy in this book – and a serious message as well.