The Biggest Footprint by Rob & Tom Sears

  There are eight billion of us humans on the planet. All breathing, eating, sleeping, fidgeting, and thinking deep thoughts. An unimaginabl...

 


There are eight billion of us humans on the planet. All breathing, eating, sleeping, fidgeting, and thinking deep thoughts. An unimaginably large number.


So in steps The Biggest Footprint by Rob & Tom Sears and its ‘smooshing machine’ to bring all humankind together, quite literally, into one spectacular giant human to represent all eight billion of us.

And then the smooshing machine starts sucking in animal species to show just how we compare to them - the use of scale images in this book is just genius but I’ll come back to that. And suddenly the mega human looks even more huge. Throw in the animal species we breed for food production and a little history comparison and you start to realise just how out of proportion things have become.
 

Taking into account not just our effect on other animal species but also earth’s resources and our massive amount of waste, this book is a startling read. But it’s also sprinkled with hope showing that a mega human can cause a lot of destruction but it also (collectively) has great power to plant new trees, clear plastic from the ocean, build wind turbines, clean up and give back to the places were have plundered providing habitats for our fellow earth-dwellers.


This book really is ingenious. I just love it. It reads like a fable but is packed full of facts and statistics. It’s bleak but packed full of humour and ends with a message of hope. The illustrations really make the statistics come to life in a way that I could not have visualised without them. And it empowers us to realise that we, as a collective, have damaged the planet but also that we, as a collective are a powerful force that can fix it.

I implore you to buy a copy of this. It’s so important.
Kim x


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The Flower Garden by Renee Kurilla

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What a joyful read The Flower Garden by Renee Kurilla has proven to be! I just want more books in this graphic novel or comic book style for young readers like this! BookBairn and I loved reading this together - she could have read it all by herself, and I’m sure she will pick it up to do so, but reading together is such a joy!

A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino

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What to do when your husband is planning a work trip to Paris that coincides with your birthday*?

I’m going to give him a list of books to buy in a French bookshop obviously and insist on my favourite French truffles.

Did you know I used to live in Paris? I studied French at University and spent my year abroad teaching in a school there and it’s been in my heart ever since.

Grimwood by Nadia Shireen

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Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space by Dr Dominic Walliman & Ben Newman

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Professor Astro Cat is without a doubt the world’s smartest (and most stylish) feline scientist explorer and we have loved joining the gang on many adventures. 


Bandoola by William Gril

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Bandoola: The Great Elephant Rescue by William Grill is just further proof to my firmly held believe that picture books are for grown ups too. The importance on the ‘too’ because kids and adults alike will be enchanted by this one! But I thoroughly enjoyed sitting down and reading this with a cup of tea and no children around.

Libby and the Parisian Puzzle

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Many of you will know that Jo Clarke (aka BookLoverJo) and I have been friends since I first started writing about books on the internet over 6 years ago. I have been in awe of her passion for books but even more so her dedication to making her dream of being a published author a reality. And this week her dream came true. 


The Comet by Joe Todd-Stanton

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Often writing a book review poses a conundrum: how to do the most beautiful ones justice? And I have been anticipating this release for some time which always puts the fear that it won't live up to expectations. But this one really has surpassed all my book geek dreams!

The Comet by Joe Todd-Stanton really is a beautiful book. In both it’s glorious evocative artwork but also in it’s storytelling.

Nyla loves her home: she can count a hundred stars and even saw a comet once. But when she has to leave her home in the countryside to start a new life in the city, all she can think about is what she missed from before. Until one night she sees a comet fall to earth and a magical tree sprouts. Nyla finds an escape from her new life. But in doing so she finds a way to connect her old and her new.



This book is truly exquisite. With pared-back text, every single word counts but it also makes each visual spread more poignant. And those spreads really are wonder to behold. They literally took my breath away as I gasped with each page turn. The imagery of both the comet and the trees throughout evoke magic for young readers but also allow them to connect deeply with Nyla and her story.


And although this isn’t specifically about displaced persons, and is more about moving house and finding ‘home’ in new surroundings, it seems all the more poignant at the moment. And I hope that even in harsh circumstances, people can find a sense of belonging like Nyla.


Every inch of this book as been carefully thought out and considered from the textured cover with foil writing, to the endpapers and the spread of the city apartment block which features detailing the insides of all the apartments. I would love to live in the apartment on the top floor - pictured below. It’s truly a wonder.


Hope you enjoy the wonders of this book, and do remember to look up from it's pages in case you spot a comet! Happy reading,

Kim x

Disclaimer: This is a paid AD from Flying Eye Books and I was sent this book and print for review in collaboration. (Though I would have quite likely shared this one anyway because it's so gloriously beautiful isn't it?!)

If you click on the image of the book below you will be sent to Amazon.co.uk using an affiliate link.  This means that if you choose to purchase on Amazon.co.uk, I will receive a small sum (around 20-90p per book) from Amazon at no extra cost to you. I understand that you may not want to use an affiliate link, but if you like reading our blog post please just think of it as a small tip for a tip-off to an awesome book. And know that your support means I can buy more books! For more information check out our For Readers Section.