REVIEWED BY MATILDA, 11, WA
Matilda received a review copy of this book from the publisher.
This is about living the city with polluted air, and how Frankie wishes there were trees. And then Frankie starts to imagine …
I’ve seen some of Kyle Hughes-Odgers artwork before, in Ten Tiny Things (written by Meg McKinlay), and also on walls and murals around Perth.
One Thousand Trees is reflective and shows you what happens in Frankie’s head as Frankie imagines a forest of trees. The story is told mostly through the illustrations, with not many words, and the words that are there are mostly prepositions. I like the shapes used for the trees and leaves, and the range of greens in the forest pages. (At the beginning of the book you see mostly greys and dark colours). The endpapers are good to look at — they change from the front of the book to the ones at the back of the book because of the story.
This picture book would suit children who live in the city, and kids who would like more trees in their environment. This book suits ages 4 to 8.