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A charming story about the important of nature, teaching us that if we work hard enough our dreams really can come true!
June 2019 Debut of the Month | Shortlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize 2019
Joe’s huge adventure starts with something very small, an apple pip. Though it takes a while, it grows – and grows. Inspired, Joe fills his balcony with plants and flowers grown from seeds, and thrilled with the effect it has on neighbours, decides to share them with people throughout his city. In an explosion of colour, a spectacular fold-out page reveals the extraordinary transformation he effects. A story of imagination and creativity that will brighten anyone’s world, this is a delight to read and share. Sam Boughton mixes watercolour with wax crayon, monoprint and photocollage to create scenes bursting with life and joy. Extraordinary indeed!
The Klaus Flugge judges said: there’s an exuberance in the artwork; some wonderful spreads and Joe’s urban world is really well done; it has real child appeal.
Joe is a boy just like any other, but Joe loves to imagine. Joe lives in a pretty ordinary tower block, in a rather ordinary city. His world is rather grey. However, he spends his time imagining a wonderful world filled with exotic plants and unusual animals. Once day Joe decides to plant a seed on his balcony, he waits and waits but nothing happens! Joe gives up and goes back to his daily life, but one day when he least expects it he spots that the seed has turned into the most beautiful tree. Joe begins caring for the tree and growing lots of other plants on his balcony and soon everyone in the neighbourhood is getting involved.
‘An inspiring story bursting with big themes. Full of colour and zeal’
Ben Faulks, Mr Bloom from CBeebies
|Publication date:||3rd May 2018|
|Suitable for:||3+ readers, 5+ readers|
|Genres:||Out and About, Gardening|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month|
An award winning artist based in the UK, Sam graduated with a BA in Illustration from Bristol UWE then went on to be awarded a distinction for her MA in Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art.More About Sam Boughton