Hello Lighthouse

Sophie Blackall

Hello Lighthouse
Hachette Children's Group
United Kingdom
14 May 2019

Hello Lighthouse

Sophie Blackall

A beautiful picture book about hope, change and the passing of time. Winner of the Caldecott Medal 2019.

On the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge of the world stands a lighthouse. From dusk to dawn, the lighthouse beams, sending its light out to sea, guiding the ships on their way. As the seasons pass and the waves rise and fall, outside, the wind blows; inside, the lighthouse keeper writes, and the rhythms of his life unfold. But change is on the horizon…

With beautiful illustrations from Sophie Blackall - the artist behind New York Times bestseller, FINDING WINNIE.

I will be surprised if a more exquisite picture book is published this year - New York Times

A jewel of a creation - Publishers Weekly


Lighthouses have an iconic charm, but beyond the pristine whiteness fables of shipwrecks and smugglers swirl around them. And then, there is the reality of staffing and maintaining them which was a twenty-four-hour, year-long occupation before automation.

Sophie Blackall’s splendid aerial perspectives and gorgeously rendered weather patterns show the drama and isolation of this life, but luckily the lighthouse keeper in this story is joined by his wife and the loneliness is alleviated. The dramas and seasons are atmospherically portrayed with a delicate sensitivity and just the right amount of prose to appeal to an audience of 3+.

Alexa Dretzke is the assistant manager and children’s book buyer at Readings Hawthorn.

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