Sure, you have to suspend your disbelief that a small girl would not be eaten for an appetiser by a starving bear. You have to quell the desire to get on the phone to social services, so neglected is April by her dad. Her surviving her later escapades involving a boat, a tarpaulin and freezing water also strains probability. But this magical, confidently told story — with beautiful illustrations by Levi Pinfold — of an extreme form of isolation, the myopic nature of grief and the hope that children might save the world, is one to submit to. I predict a roaring success.
The story has haunting and realistic illustrations by Levi Pinfold and is written in clear, everyday prose, somewhat in the spirit of the work of Michael Morpurgo. This book evokes a powerful and tender relationship, involves the kind of adventure a child could never embark on in reality (the best kind) and is a roaring call to protect the planet.