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My Brother

July 18, 2016

My Brother

By Dee Huxley, Oliver Huxley and Tiffany Huxley, Working Title Press, 2016.

‘When a gentle creature sets out to search for a lost brother, we are taken on an ethereal journey across land and sea to strange, beautiful and faraway places.’

Cover of a book with a furry horned creature stands holding his arm around his invisible brother, but sees both himself and his brother's reflection in the water

The black and white illustrations are reminiscent of the artist, Escher. They are soft and sensitive, and on the last page, we end with a full-colour illustration of the gentle creature and his brother in a boat together.

My Brother is a sad story, but the subject is handled with such care and attempts to present a positive side to a devastating reality.

Teacher notes are available.

Awards

Shortlisted for The Picture Book of the Year 2017 by Children’s Book Council of Australia.

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Wrap Up

My Brother

  • 8.5/10
    Story
  • 8/10
    Illustrations
  • 2/10
    Educational content
  • 0.1/10
    Humour
  • 7.5/10
    Re-readability

Pros

  • Sensitively written.

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