Sally Murphy tells beautiful stories in verse, I love exposing children to this - the understanding that not all stories have to be told in the same format.
My daughter read this first - she called out from her bedroom wanting to know what 'spewed' meant, and what 'chemotherapy' was. The former is now her new favourite word, (not quite sure what to make of that!?). With this in mind, I picked up the book next. I loved its gentle progress and sensitive approach; the focus is on Dominic's feelings, how he learns to cope with his feelings and how friends stick together.
I admired how Sally captures the nuances of the boys' characters, their friendship and how they all fit together. Dominic's language and thought process are seemingly effortlessly captured and herein lies its appeal to this age group - they can relate to him. The way he responds in his mind to his mum,sister, teacher .. all captured with care and accuracy.
Sally tackles a hard subject here, but for me the value of good literature is in its power to teach us about experiences and situations that are difficult, and to tackle sensitive issues - its what makes it so compelling. My daughter enjoyed this book, she devoured it in a day and insisted on writing her own (first) review - that says it all really!
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