'Return' was warmly received by our guys. There's a different kind of magic when a book has no text. It's a quiet, slip-into-another-world magic. Different voices come alive. I would argue that more of the senses are aroused. You almost slip inside the book, taking every detail of the illustration to form the story. I love it, the kids love it.
Additionally, books like this - no text, richly detailed illustrations - are so useful for teaching. We'll use this one as a writing prompt this term, perhaps over a series of lessons in which Eleanor can tell her own version of the story. How fun would it be to see a whole class full of different versions!
Check it out for yourself, 'The Return' is available now through Walker Books and all good bookstores.
Thanks to Walker Books for sending us a review copy :-)