Dear Don­ald a good bit of fun

Napier Courier - - News -

Dear Don­ald Trump — So­phie Siers, il­lus­trated by Anne Vil­leneuve (Mill­wood Press, $27.95) re­viewed by Louise Ward, War­dini Books

What timely ge­nius is this? Award win­ning Hawke’s Bay au­thor So­phie Siers is per­fectly on trend with this pic­ture book for any­one from four and up.

Young Sam is get­ting a bit ticked off about shar­ing a bed­room with his brother (who ap­par­ently fits Mr Pres­i­dent’s de­scrip­tion of an un­de­sir­able per­son). He be­comes in­ter­ested in build­ing a wall, and be­gins to write the let­ters that form the book.

Sam’s let­ters de­tail his daily strug­gles — the bright screen of a cell phone at night, unau­tho­rised tak­ing of Sam’s Star Wars de­stroyer. Build­ing a wall in his room looks very at­trac­tive. Both par­ents state a cat­e­gor­i­cal no.

The let­ters de­velop nicely with the chron­i­cling of parental ne­go­ti­a­tion, a visit to Gran’s in which the room of one’s own is tri­alled (not as cool as Sam thought) and con­cil­ia­tory talks. Re­cur­rent jokes are gen­uinely funny, de­scrib­ing fam­ily dy­nam­ics.

Anne Vil­leneuve’s il­lus­tra­tions are lively — colour­ful por­traits of Sam and the gang in­ter­spersed with sepi­a­toned vi­gnettes of a tou­sle-haired blonde fella.

Dear Don­ald Trump is a light look at ne­go­ti­at­ing and com­ing to rea­son­able con­clu­sions. In an age where young peo­ple have never been so en­gaged in pol­i­tics it works on sev­eral lev­els. It’s a use­ful anal­ogy for war­ring sib­lings or friends, and a bit of fun for the rest of us.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.