An Unforgettable Adventure: Read Our Review of The Song of Lewis Carmichael by Sofie Laguna

An Unforgettable Adventure: Read Our Review of The Song of Lewis Carmichael by Sofie Laguna

Matthew stood on the snowy peak and stared out at the world spread before him. Every picture in his books had been limited by the size of the page, contained within frames. Here, there was no frame. Here, the picture didn’t end.

Beyond those icy plains, the sea, and beyond the sea, a land that floated on the ice, drifting northwards. Matthew put the binoculars to his eyes and saw valleys and cliffs and rivers all made of snow. Everywhere was white.

Matthew has dreamed and read and thought about the North Pole for as long as he can remember. And he has done it secretly. It is a place that cannot be tarnished by the world in which he lives – a world in which he struggles to find answers and make friends, while everything seems to come easily to other children.

But one day, a crow called Lewis Carmichael lands at Matthew’s window – a crow who believes in Matthew in the most simple and ordinary ways. Soon, the unexpected voyage of a lifetime begins, and it will change everything…

The Song of Lewis Carmichael is an unforgettable adventure story from award-winning children’s book author Sofie Laguna, with enchanting illustrations by Marc McBride, illustrator of the bestselling Deltora Quest series.

I know a lot of children will love this book. Matthew gets to experience every reader’s dream: to go to places only accessible in books. It’s fascinating and enthralling. Naturally, Matthew’s first reaction to the things he sees is that he’s dreaming, though this also demonstrates his level of confidence in himself. But Lewis trusts his abilities and pushes Matthew to trust in himself and his capabilities. It’s a good reminder to believe in yourself and step out of your comfort zone.

The Song of Lewis Carmichael is a moving and vivid story with captivating pencil illustrations throughout. McBride’s illustrative style gives middle-grade readers aged 8+ the freedom to envisage colour where they want while following the direction of the story. I recommend this to readers of adventure stories and fans of The Polar Express.

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Fascinating and Enthralling: Chapter Sampler of The Song of Lewis Carmichael by Sofie Laguna

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      Publisher details

      The Song of Lewis Carmichael
      Authors
      Marc McBride, Sofie Laguna
      Publisher
      Allen & Unwin
      Genre
      Children’s Fiction
      Released
      31 August, 2021
      ISBN
      9781760878573

      Synopsis

      A beautiful, illustrated adventure story with a classic feel, about a quiet boy and a talking crow on an extraordinary hot-air balloon ride to the Arctic. Matthew has dreamed and read and thought about the North Pole for as long as he can remember. And he has done it secretly. It is a place that cannot be tarnished by the world in which he lives - a world in which he struggles to find answers and make friends, while everything seems to come easily to other children. But one day, a crow called Lewis Carmichael lands at Matthew's window - a crow who believes in Matthew in the most simple and ordinary ways. Soon, the unexpected voyage of a lifetime begins, and it will change everything… An unforgettable adventure story from award-winning children's book author Sofie Laguna, with enchanting illustrations by Marc McBride.

      Marc McBride
      About the author

      Marc McBride

      MARC McBRIDE is the illustrator of Emily Rodda's New York Times bestselling Deltora Quest series, which has sold over 18 million copies worldwide and has become an anime TV show. He has illustrated more than 200 book covers and 10 picture books, including writing and illustrating World of Monsters. Marc has exhibited with the New York Society of Illustrators, been shortlisted for the CBCA Awards and Aurealis Awards, and has won the Aurealis Awards twice.

      Books by Marc McBride

      Sofie Laguna
      About the author

      Sofie Laguna

      Sofie Laguna originally studied to be a lawyer, but after deciding law was not for her, she trained as an actor. Sofie is now an author, actor and playwright. Her books for young people have been named Honour Books and Notable Books in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and have been shortlisted in the Queensland Premier's Awards. She has been published in the US and the UK and in translation in Europe and Asia. Sofie's first novel for adults, One Foot Wrong, was also published throughout Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom. Sofie has written the screenplay for the film of One Foot Wrong, scheduled for pre-production in 2014.

      Books by Sofie Laguna

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