This book was reviewed as part of the Christmas Advent Calendar 2014
9 sleeps till Christmas.
Lucas and Jack is a picture book that showcases the talents of two Australian artists, author Ellie Royce and illustrator Andrew McLean. Published mid this year ( July 2014 ) Lucas and Jack is an early primary book that bridges the gap between generations.
Every week Lucas’ mum visit his grandpop at the nursing home. Every week Lucas waits outside, that is until he meets Jack, a resident at the home. Jack is a fun loving old man who helps Lucas look at the surroundings around him in a completely new way, bridging the gap between the young and the old.
Lucas and Jack is a fun loving picture book that takes an often scary and serious topic of ageing and turns it into a fun loving discussion point. We all know how overwhelming and different a nursing home can be to children, but not anymore. Lucas and Jack is now available to engage children in understanding their thoughts and emotions. As Jack shares his past life with Lucas and challenges him to see the elderly around him differently children soon realise that the old were young once and have a lot to share. Jack shows us that being old does not mean being boring.
I shared Lucas and Jack with my 7 year old daughter who quickly became engaged in the story and characters, asking questions and mentioning points of interested within the pictures. We were soon discussing getting older, changes in our lives and how things moving forward is ok. As one who has Autism my daughter has difficulties with change in her life and with death. She has difficulties understanding emotions and social interaction. Lucas and Jack provided a lot of opportunity for us to discuss our emotions and the body language of the characters depicted through the illustrations. There was plenty of opportunity to discuss the transition of change from one day and year to another. We discussed growing and ageing, the family unit and the love we have for each other.
Lucas and Jack is a great resource for many occasions and situations. It lends itself to a vast range of topics and issues. This is a book that will be used time and time again by parents, teachers, carers and anyone involved with children.
Lucas and Jack by Ellie Royce and Andrew McLean is published by Working Title Press and distributed by Penguin Group Australia. It is available in hardcopy at all good book stores Australia wide.
Purchase online from Penguin Books Australia: http://www.penguin.com.au/products/9781921504662/lucas-and-jack
Find out more about author Ellie Royce on her website http://www.ellieroyce.com
Visit illustrator Andrew McLean on his website http://mcleanpicturebooks.com
Watch the YouTube review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLTuZg6jXMw
Review: Jennifer Douglas
Review: Jennifer Douglas