Learning to read

Learning to read

Leon and Bob

By Simon James
Published by Walker

Paperback

Price £7.99
9781406308495
Publisher Walker

Leon has an imaginary friend called Bob. A new family moves in next door and Leon makes friends with the child whose name is ... you guessed! A sensitive and beautifully placed story which has great emotional depth and in which words and pictures work intimately together. A key moment occurs when Leon mounts the long stairs to the neighbours' house and turns round to find 'Bob' isn't there any more. The pictures show a realistic urban setting incorporating old terraced houses with high-ceilinged rooms in which the sense of space emphasises Leon's loneliness.

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