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