Jack’s Amazing Shadow by Tom Percival
C’mon, how could I pass up reviewing a book by one of my fave illustrators?
Jack’s a very unusual boy – his shadow is his best friend! His magical shadow is the only friend he needs… that is until his shadow gets a little carried away and Jack gets the blame for all the naughty things it does. Jack doesn’t want to be friends anymore, but will he find himself missing his friend once his shadow’s gone?
As you’d expect with Percival, the book is of course gorgeous – just look at Jack’s expressions here!
There’s also a fair amount of silliness and humour too (I love Jack’s inspired use of balloons when he’s trying to get rid of his pesky friend).
What I like best though is that it’s one of those stories that little ones can relate to themselves pretty easily. I mean, who doesn’t remember falling out with their best friend in primary school, determined not to be best friends Anymore Ever, only to feel really sorry about it later and having to be brave enough to make up? I know I remember it, and I know that kids of a certain age could probably take on Jack’s lesson about admitting when you’re wrong for themselves.
Find it here
Psst! As an added bonus, the inside covers are covered in shadow hand puppets! I might have played about a bit…
Also, details here on how to get a signed shadow illustration by Percival himself! Competition ends 10th May.