CHIL­DREN’S book of the week

Llanelli Star - - FAMILY MATTERS -

NO LONGER ALONE by Joseph Coelho , Eg­mont, £6.99 ★★★★ ★

AD­DRESS­ING up­set­ting top­ics, such as grief and be­reave­ment, with small chil­dren can be dif­fi­cult for all in­volved – and this taste­ful pic­ture book aims to gen­tly re­as­sure read­ers about the big emo­tions they might be feel­ing.

Joseph Coelho’s story fo­cuses on a young girl who is feel­ing lonely and not like her usual self: Peo­ple think she is quiet or shy, when in­side she is burst­ing to talk or sing.

The rea­son is not ex­plicit, but il­lus­tra­tor Robyn Wil­son-Owen’s un­ob­tru­sive draw­ings of a mother, who ap­pears in pho­tos in the fam­ily’s home, give an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plain why she is no longer there. Only by talk­ing to her fa­ther does the girl re­alise she and her sib­lings don’t have to bot­tle things up

Coelho, a per­for­mance poet, has touched on the death of a grand­par­ent in If All The World Were... and em­ploys the same sen­si­tiv­ity here, while the sim­ple, pas­tel-coloured il­lus­tra­tions are beau­ti­ful and sooth­ing.

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