The Long Way Home by Corrinne Averiss – Book Review

The Long Way Home by Corrinne Averiss – Book Review

The Long Way Home by Corrinne Averiss

The Long Way Home

Author – Corrinne Averiss
Illustrator – Kristyna Litten
Publisher – Stripes Publishing
Pages – 96
Released – 4th March 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1788951685
Format – hardcover
Rating – 4 Stars
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Synopsis

A range of simple stories for new readers, with beautiful colour illustrations.

Nanu and Otto are off on a climbing adventure – to the top of Lion Mountain! Otto is a born explorer, just like his grandma, who is brave and bold and can’t resist the urge for adventure.

But Nanu is having a forgetting day. She forgets her backpack and the name of the mountain … and then she forgets the way home and leads them deep into the forest.

Can Otto remember all the things Nanu taught him about being a great elephant explorer and guide the expedition home?

A tender story celebrating the importance of keeping memories alive by Corrinne Averiss, the acclaimed author of A DOT IN THE SNOW and THE BOY ON THE BENCH, with illustrations by Kristyna Litten, author and illustrator of CHICKENS CAN’T SEE IN THE DARK.

Review by Stacey

Little Elephant Otto and his Grandmother Nanu were going on an adventure to ‘Lion Mountain’. The young elephant was all excited and Nanu explained that they must pack their backpack for the long journey and have a nice long drink before they set off.

Not long into the journey, Otto notices things about his grandmother that don’t seem quite right, such as she calls the mountain by the wrong name and forgets their backpack so they have no lunch to eat. She even forgets which way is home and takes them on a journey to a scary place. Luckily they find help from a gorilla who points them in the right direction.

Otto has to be brave and help his grandmother find their way home. She is getting older and her memory isn’t what it used to be but she is still his fearless, adventurous, and loving grandmother.

The Long Way Home is a beautiful story that is about the relationship between a Grandmother and her grandchild and how as she is ageing she is starting to forget things that she used to know and how her grandson realises that her memory might be failing but she is still the same person inside.

The book is a quick read and is adorned with pastel-coloured illustrations that are beautiful and bring the story to life. This is the first in a new range of books for children who have just learned how to read, though there is quite a lot of text so they still might need a hand with some of it.

Overall, the story was super sweet and poignant and I’m sure young readers will enjoy going on an adventure with Otto and his Grandmother Nanu.

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Author Info

Corrinne Averiss The Long Way Home

Corrinne is the author of My Pet Star, winner of the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book of the Year, shortlisted for Stockport and Dundee Children’s Book Awards and in over 450,000 homes as part of Booktrust’s Pyjamarama campaign.

She is drawn to themes of identity and belonging in her books and aims to deliver big feelings with humour and tenderness.

Her first book, A Dot in the Snow, illustrated by Fiona Woodcock, was shortlisted for the CILIP Greenaway award, featured on CBeebies’ Bedtime Stories and in The Sunday Times’ Books of the Year.

She is the author of Joy, Hope, Sorrel and the Sleepover, The Boy on the Bench and Floss the Playground Boss, with a further three titles publishing in 2021.

Corrinne has spent much of her life being a professional silly person in children’s television; she created the four-time Children’s BAFTA-winning Share a Story competition and has an animated preschool series under commission from CBeebies.

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