Originally published in: 2016
What it’s about: A boy is set adrift on an ocean with only his backpack and his teacup of dirt from home.
What made me pick it up: It was on a list of books for children about refugees and the illustrations looked amazing.
My favorite things: I was not mistaken. These illustrations are, exactly as they are described in the cover blurb, stunning. The story of a boy adrift looking for a new land with only the things he can carry is very moving and simply told so that even young children will understand. It reminded me strongly of a children’s version of The Life of Pi, but this focused much more on hope.
Who it’s great for: Fans of beautiful illustration. Parents who want to talk about refugees with their children.