The ACB With Honora Lee

Kate De Goldi, Gregory O'Brien

The ACB With Honora Lee
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The ACB With Honora Lee

Kate De Goldi, Gregory O'Brien

A moving, charming novel from much-loved, international-award-winning children’s author Kate de Goldi, author of the 10pm question.

Perry’s mother and father are busy people a they’re impatient, they’re tired, they get cross easily. And they think that only children, like Perry, should be kept busy. On Saturday mornings Perry and her father visit her gran, Honora Lee, at her rest home, but Gran never remembers them. ‘Who is that man?’ Honora Lee asks when Perry’s father leaves the room.

Kate De Goldi’s The ACB with Honora Lee unfolds with characteristic warmth, quirky, surprising humour and a rich cast of ‘residents’. The story is a meditation on kindness and patience and acceptance; that of the very young and the very old. It’s a story that will resonate with echoes of recollection for many - from Perry’s endearing perspective on the adult world to the embracing kindness of those who care for the elderly.

A many-layered and playful novel with a crossover audience, it will delight both the young and the not so young. Beautifully packaged and illustrated throughout with drawings by Greg O'Brien. Shortlisted for the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards 2013 and the LIANZA Award 2013.

Review

I was madly in love with De Goldi’s The 10pm Question a few years ago, so expectations were high for the new book by this New Zealand author. This wonderful story only made me love her work even more.

Perry is very literal, a bit of an outsider, and referred to as ‘unconventional’ by her parents. She is delighted to learn that her grandmother, Honora Lee, who has recently moved to a nursing home near their house, is also considered ‘unconventional’. Although her grandmother suffers from Alzheimer’s and doesn’t remember Perry’s name, she still has plenty of attitude. Perry enjoys going to visit her and decides to embark on creating a unique alphabet book for her grandmother and the other nursing home residents.

Quirky and witty, this is a heartwarming story about intergenerational friendship and embracing difference. Stunning illustrations and cover flaps also make it a physically beautiful book that readers old or young (and in between) will treasure.


Angela Crocombe is the Children’s Book Buyer at Readings Carlton.

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