We Travel So Far … by Laura Knowles and Chris Madden

We Travel So Far.jpg

Animals and birds from around the world briefly describe their migratory journeys in economical and poetic language which weaves and wends across the page, the text pointedly placed to suit each spread. ‘We are the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, tiny bundles of nectar-fuelled energy.’ ‘We are the Fruit Bats. We are the night-time flappers, the sweet-treat snackers!’ Each journey is different in terms of length, seasons, terrains travelled. Detailed data about the water, land and air migration of animals can be found at the end of the book.

In his first picture book, Chris Madden’s style evokes the collage techniques of Eric Carle and Tim Hopgood, making use of digital techniques to achieve his stunningly creative effects. His palette has been carefully chosen to conjure each environment whether it’s the frozen world where Emperor Penguins are ‘Dots of black on a sheet of white!’ or the earthy African plains with a deep grey river running through it where the wildebeest wander.

At times the text is truly thought-provoking, as when polar bears wonder how they will continue to ‘survive in a warm, wet world?’ and the story shifts from animals to people who ‘travel to many places for many reasons.’

Words & Pictures 9781910277331