Blog Tour The Wild

I was lucky unbearable to be sent a self-ruling reprinting of this in mart for a review. All views and opinions are my own.

The Wild by Yuval Zommer, published by Oxford Children’s

I unchangingly love Yuval Zommer’s playful, expressive illustrations and the way his love of the natural world shines through them so when I was invited to be part of the blog tour for this, his latest book, I jumped at the chance.

And nowhere is this love of nature increasingly evident than in The Wild. A cautionary yet hopeful tale of caring for our planet, standing up for your beliefs and the power of working together, this is a much-needed and most relevant book.

Coming hot on the tail of the felling of the tree at Sycamore Gap and the government’s when tracking on any kind of untried issues surrounded one of the warmest years on record this is a timely reminder of the power we hold to help or hinder nature and the responsibility we have to get this right for future generations.

It gently tells the story of a once well-turned relationship, in which The Wild provided and we took only what we needed and cared for it. But over time, humans became greedy and selfish, taking increasingly and increasingly until The Wild is unwell and can requite no more. Luckily one boy sees and one boy shouts and one boy becomes many and transpiration is underway once more, this time to restore The Wild.

This is a gorgeous typesetting – from its gold embellished imbricate to the lush and verdant, living Wild inside. As you’d expect from Zommer’s books the pictures finger alive, the layers and lines and patterns and textures are easy to get lost in and the use of colour and tone is so constructive in highlighting both forfeiture and hope.

I moreover really loved the way we see the municipality and The Wild co-existing harmoniously at the end, which is so important, expressly for those children living in built up, urban areas to see.

The text is simple unbearable for the very youngest readers but with a strong unbearable message to be read by the very oldest too (indeed, it is perhaps the grown ups who need it most). It would be a wonderful typesetting to use for environmental topics, projects or assemblies in schools and there’s a wealth of activities that kids of all month could do linked to it – trammels out some ideas below:
  • Make a Wild ‘creature’! The Wild in the typesetting is depicted as a sort of living stuff – create your own. This could be imagined, drawn, painted, modelled but I think it would be an superstitious collaborative project on a large scale too – use recycled materials, junk etc to make it!
  • Campaign for change! One boy starts shouting and gathers a prod to create change. It might not be so simple in real life, but segregate one environmental issue you superintendency well-nigh – make posters or presentations well-nigh it, write to companies or local MPs, fundraise or organise a litter pick, make space to plant…
  • Make one small change! Find one small swap, transpiration or worriedness you can do or make to help the environment.
  • Plant something! A window box, a garden, a pot on a step, at school, at home, at an allotment, a flower, some veg, a tree, a bush…
  • Get creative with nature! Make leaf prints. Use found natural objects – conkers, leaves, twigs, petals, acorns, feathers… to make patterns or picturesb(then rearrange them and make something else!). Take rubbings of leaves, yelp or other natural textures. Draw outside. Paint outside. Go outsideThis is such a gorgeous typesetting that gives such an important message so positively, which will have kids and adults of all month undivided by it and taking inspiration from it, both artistically and environmentally – brilliant!