‘Winter’s Child‘ by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith (published by Templar)
This beautifully haunting book absolutely knocked our woolly socks off. It tells the tale of a little boy, Tom, who loves winter and is desperate to prolong the season for as long as possible. A chance encounter with a like-minded fellow makes Tom think that his wish might have come true, but then they have to part, unsure if they will ever meet again…
As Tom sets off to play the next day he sees his new friend, Winter’s Child, and they make winter music together. From then onwards, the frosty fun continues until Tom realises that this extended winter is seriously threatening his Nana’s health and that while the Winter’s Child is around, Winter will not leave and Spring cannot take his place.
Tom has a difficult decision to make, though I won’t spoil the ending for you by describing the outcome here. Needless to say, the story is one of those classic tales that just *works* and you feel as though you’ve known it forever. The outstandingly exquisite illustrations help this book to ensure a place front and centre of our bookshelf – we have pored over each spread for hours, to the point where I’m seriously considering getting a second copy just so I can cut out and frame each page.
Everything about this book has been done perfectly and I defy anyone not to love it with every fibre of their being.
Disclaimer: I received my copy of ‘Winter’s Child’, from the publisher. I was not asked to write this post, nor was I given any money for doing so, and the review represents my own honest opinion.