Matt Haig’s exhilarating story has its fair share of thrills and spills but also plenty of important points to make about the interconnectedness of the natural world, environmental degradation, and humankind’s mistreatment of animals.
Matt Haig, the author of books for adults and children, has riffed off this idea for Evie and the Animals. This highly edible story of a girl who wants to save the planet, with beautiful pictures by Emily Gravett, is most timely and will go down well with fans of Greta Thunberg... If only the end were a little less messagey: with a lecture on kindness and why it’s OK to be special. “Your talent isn’t talking to animals, Evie,” says Granny Flora. “It’s kindness. That’s what made you stronger than Mortimer in the end.” This cracking adventure showed this only too well; we didn’t need to be told in a saccharine bookend.