A young boy discusses the journey he is about to make with his mother. They will leave their town, she explains, and it will be sad but also a little bit exciting. They will have to say goodbye to friends and loved ones, and that will be difficult. They will have to walk and walk and walk, and although they will see many new and interesting things, it will be difficult at times too.
A powerful and moving exploration that draws the young reader into each stage of the journey, inviting the chance to imagine the decisions he or she would make.
From the winner of the V&A Student Illustration Award 2016.
How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Review: My name is not Refugee is written and illustrated by Kate Milner. The story is about a young boy who is told by his mother that they have to leave their home because it’s not safe anymore. Each page chronicles their journey as they leave, travel and eventually find a safer place to stay.
One of the most effective illustrations for me was the one of the boy and his mum joining the line of endless people waiting.
Another thing I thought was great was how so many pages has a question for the reader; “What would you take? How far can you walk? What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten?” It’s inviting the audience to think and engage.