by Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo became known to so many through the book and play editions of War Horse. But, Mr. Murpurgo is not a one trick pony. He has written many other books for children, of which this is the latest.
The illustrations and story work so well together here. The tale is simply and beautifully told while the pictures are most gorgeous and engaging.
Early in the book, readers meet Benjamin Postelwhaite, lighthouse keeper of Puffin Island (near the Scilly Isles). One night, his light isn’t enough to help a ship. Benjamin ventures out in his small boat when he sees the situation and saves thirty (!) people, including the story’s narrator, Allen Williams. After the rescue, Benjamin was kind to Allen and gave him one of his artworks. Allen always treasured and kept this painting with him.
Readers learn about where Allen and his mother were going that night and how they subsequently fared. There were clearly challenges for Allen and his mother. Still, he always remembered Benjamin. Will they meet again? Adults and children both will enjoy finding out the answer to this question.
I so highly recommend this chapter book. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for it. All opinions are my own.
PS The author thought about Penguin and Puffin books when writing this story.