This book drew me from the moment I saw the cover.
I was immediately keen to find out if this boy’s flowers were a metaphor or if he had flowers threaded through his hair.
They do everything together. Jump in puddles. Sing songs. Even run away from hungry bees searching for delicious nectar.
But one day, the boy with flowers in his hair comes to school sad. And quiet. All his petals have fallen off, and all he has left is sticks and twigs. The kids at school avoid the boy, afraid of getting scratched.
The Boy with Flowers in his Hair is a gorgeous picture book to add to your collection. I just adore the injection of fantasy into the real world. It’s fresh and engaging, and it’s used to great effect to share a hidden but powerful message: embrace what makes you unique.
With stunning illustrations to help guide the story, this book just win, win, wins. Jarvis’ style is bright and bold, yet soft at the same time. I adore the different textures used to create layering and interest. It’s just divine.
There are some picture books you read and just say ‘yes’.
This is one of them.
Title: The Boy with Flowers in his Hair
Publisher: Walker Books, $27.99
Publication Date: 2 March 2022
For ages: 3 – 8
Type: Picture Books
April 20, 2022 at 12:46AM Shaye Wardrop