The Mediterranean by Armin Greder

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Armin Greder’s earlier picture book The Island dramatically examined the theme of prejudice by showing people who were fearful and uncomprehending of a stranger who appeared in their small community, resulting in vicious behaviour. Here he uses his distinctive charcoal drawings to depict a dark world with a global dimension. The only words in the story are a single sentence indicating what is happening to the body in the water in the first picture. From there on the reader needs to examine the pictures to draw conclusions about how that body came to be in the sea. An afterword by Alessandro Leogrande, an Italian journalist who writes about social, political and environmental issues, fills in the background about the ‘food chain’ portrayed in this disturbing picture book which demands discussion.

Allen & Unwin 9781760634018