"A vibrant celebration of the world outside our homes"
February 2024 Debut of the Month
Imagine a world in which we couldn’t leave our houses. Many of us don’t have to imagine, we can remember, but Bee Chuck’s vibrant picture book brings home to those too young to have experienced the COVID pandemic just how much the outside matters, how much we need to be there.
Bright, bold, child-like illustrations show us how the fun of cosying indoors becomes boring and how outside, once ‘too dirty, or noisy, or buzzy’, becomes more and more tempting. Finally free to enjoy it again, the book’s characters realise that ‘outside had broken free’ and more a change had happened inside them too, and they take time to stop and notice.
This is much more than a story of the pandemic, it’s a celebration of all that the wild world is and gives us if we take the time to look. The story and its execution delivers a sense of joy and excitement to readers and it’s a wonderfully rewarding book to share.