Review Blog

Jun 30 2015

Lara of Newtown by Chris McKimmie

cover image

Allen & Unwin, 2015. ISBN 9781760112325
Author and Illustrator Chris McKimmie has created another quirky book in his unique style. This is a story of a cat that, after being abandoned by its original owner, discovers new homes encountering some difficulties en route. The story is not appealing in complication or resolution nor is it particularly strong in any other narrative features and would not be endearing to a young child (even if they do like cats!).
The illustration style, with drawings by very young relatives and other young participants which are collaged with McKimmie's own drawings in a similar naive style are not particularly appealing in colour or style. The book is relatively dark in colour tones and it relies on its uniqueness of style rather than its strength in illustration. I am not sure that it would actually appeal to the younger reader except as an example of how their own drawings could be used to illustrate a story.
Carolyn Hull

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
Miles Franklin longlist 2017
Reading Children's Book Prize 2017
Klaus Flugge Prize shortlist 2017
Branford Boase Award shortlist 2017
Text Prize 2017
NSW Premier Literary Awards shortlist 2017
Aurealis Awards winners
YABBA Awards shortlist 2017
Stella Prize 2017
2017 YALSA Teens' Top Ten Nominees
CBCA shortlists 2017
YA Book Prize 2017 shortlist
School Library Association Information Book Award 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates