One of the things I miss most about being a children’s bookseller are the Picture Books. I miss the therapeutic alphabetising and tidying, I miss choosing and reading the Storytime stories, and I miss the colour and the joy they bring to a day at work.
I also miss seeing the new books as they arrive and thrusting new favourites at people, imploring them to read it right away. Happily, I know where to turn to get my Picture Book fix – @Leilah_Makes, a super lovely bookseller with an eye for a gorgeous book. Leilah recommended The Wonder and I knew I had to see it. Once I’d seen it, I had to buy it!
The Wonder is beautiful. It’s about daydreaming and imagination; seeing the wonder in everything around you and having that ability recognised as the truly special thing it is. The words are simple and few, capturing the world of this boy with his head full of wonder. The illustrations are just perfect. Everyday life is gently sepia-toned; the world of the imagination bursts with colour. There is so much to look at on each page, especially (but not only) the imagination pages. I’m sure I’ve only just begun to see all there is to see.
I think it’s a lovely story, and the positive message to daydreamers is most welcome. I’d encourage everyone to daydream because who knows what you might dream up.
I cannot recommend The Wonder enough, and not just for children. It properly touched my heart. And be sure to read right to the very end; it gave me tingles!
I bought my copy of The Wonder from Foyles on Charing Cross Rd (where I work now). It’s published by Templar Publishing in hardback and paperback.