The boy lives in a city, where everything is fast and loud. But amidst the bustle and the noise, the boy has a secret ...
In the overgrown lot next to his apartment building, deep within the green, he has a friend.
But one day progress arrives, bringing with it plans for something new, and the boy must find a way to save his friend before it's too late ...
I love wordless picture books, and this one is a stunner. The sumptuous images provide a meaningful narrative, which gets deeper with each reading. This his would be a beautiful way to discuss connections and relationships with nature, and what is important to us in our sense and understanding of place and belonging.
I love picture books, and I often reread them but with this absolute beauty I must be up to at least 20 reads. Each time there is more to discover in the illustrations. There is a beautiful synergy that happens in picture book creation between the author and illustrator in the melding of two minds and in this instance that hasn't happened because Sophie Blackall has performed both roles. This can sometimes lead to a sort of 2-dimensional quality to a book, as if there wasn't enough challenge between the two creators, not enough energy swirled around. This is absolutely not the case with 'Hello Lighthouse'. It's tender, thoughtful and so romantic. There is so much love in this book.
Hello Lighthouse - Sophie Blackall 2018 Hachette ISBN 9780316362382