I was lucky enough to request and receive a copy of this from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own.
Migrations by various illustrators, edited by the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society and introduced by Shaun Tan
This book would have struggled to displease me, filled as it is with images from a wealth of picture book illustrators and with an introduction from personal favourite Shaun Tan. But it truly is an absolutely gorgeous book, both visually and in its message.
Each artist has contributed a postcard on the theme of migrations and, while the illustrations show a plethora of birds in a huge range of styles and media, the common thread is that of human migration.
The book is divided into four parts – Departures, Long Journeys, Arrivals and Hope for the Future, although there is much crossover between them and the over-riding message is one of welcome, hope and togetherness.
Some artists have chosen to use solely imagery, while others have added text to the back, so in addition to a book full of stunning art work, we also have messages of hope and encouragement, as well as quotes and poetry.
Lost Words authors Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris have collaborated here too to give the book Lost Words-style endpapers with an acrostic poem from Robert beautifully illustrated by Jackie.
And the rest if the book is just as impressive, with a collection of styles, techniques and media – everything from collage to paint to pencil to digital.
The illustrators themselves hail from all over the world and come from a selection of both famous names – Axel Scheffler, Shaun Tan, Jon Klassen, Chris Riddell, Jane Ray – and less well-known artists that were new to me and exciting to discover.
A powerful gallery of kindness, bravery, imagination and support, this beautiful book is a much-needed ray of hope in today’s increasingly divided and difficult world.