Teacup by Rebecca Young and Matt Ottley

It’s no secret that I have a bit of a thing for Matt Ottley’s illustrations. In particular, I love Sailing Home, Parachute and Tree….and now I can add Teacup to that list.

The soft, dreamy palette of the early pages grows stronger and more vibrant as we head out to sea.

At this point, Ottley’s oil paintings remind me not only of those he used in Sailing Home, but also, at times of some of the more iconic scenes in the movie of the Life of Pi.

I could spend hours pouring over Ottley’s illustrations – he effectively uses reflections and transparency to draw your eyes to all the details.

This is one of those magic picture books, though, where the collaboration between author and illustrator is close to perfect.

The story flows seamlessly between the text and the pictures and back again. Young uses finely pared language & concepts to create a refugee and self-discovery story that is perfectly suited to preschoolers.

Infused with hope, courage and the possibility of new beginnings, Teacup is a poignant, tender story worthy of a 2016 CBCA nomination.

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