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Look Back!

Illustrated by Caroline Binch
Published by Crocodile Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

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About The Book

A beautiful picture book that tells children that it is okay to be afraid. Who was the mysterious Ti Bolom? Could he be real or was he just one of Grandma’s inventions from her Caribbean childhood? Illustrator Caroline Binch and writer Trish Cooke—both acclaimed award winners—come together to tell this magical story of Grandma’s rainforest adventure.

About The Author

Trish Cook is an award-winning author, scriptwriter, and actress of Dominican heritage. Her most popular children’s book, So Much, won the Smarties Book Prize and the Kurt Maschler Award. She has written plays for stage, television, and radio and also runs creative writing workshops. Caroline Binch is an award-winning children’s illustrator and author best known for her illustrations of the international bestseller, Amazing Grace. Her book Hue Boy won the Smarties Gold Award in 1993 and Gregory Cool was highly commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in Cornwall, United Kingdom.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Crocodile Books (September 12, 2014)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781566569804
  • Grades: 1 - 2
  • Ages: 1 - 2

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Raves and Reviews

This is a beautiful book with painstaking, lifelike illustrations that pull you into the story from the start - And I love the way the exploration collides here with a celebration of the rapport between a grandmother and her grandson: family, at its best, the ultimate tonic.
--The Observer

Atmospheric illustrations - A very special story about the power of the imagination.
--Parents in Touch

You feel as though you were there. And you could be. Maybe.
--Bookwitch

It is a great pleasure to recommend another title by the same award-winning author. I would hazard a guess that Look Back! will be just as popular with a slightly older readership at KS1 and early KS2.
--The School Librarian

Binch's lavishly detailed art pulls readers into the setting and expertly conveys Christophine's nervous movement. ...a story whose characters feelings are so vividly rendered readers may recall seeing such expressions in real life. Beautiful visuals aside, it will also make a walloping read-aloud, with its West Indian cadences....
A lovely celebration of the grandparent and grandchild relationship. (Picture book. 5-9) --Kirkus Reviews

Beautiful realistic watercolors mirror the plot and let the reader in on the secret. This will make a great read-aloud, and youngsters will love chiming in with the call-and-response, 'eh kwik eh kwak'. --Booklist

Gorgeous, lifelike illustrations of Caribbean rainforests and a Dominican-American family bolster the appeal of this tale...Honoring the grandparent-grandchild relationship and family heritage, this book will be a new favorite for imaginative youth. --Foreword

Many children's picture books aim to quieten childish terrors-it goes with the territory-offering the equivalent of a soothing nightcap before bedtime. But in this picture book reassurance comes with several new slants. 'Look Back!' by Trish Cooke and Caroline Binch even has the confidence to remind children (and parents) that fear is an inevitable part of life. This is a beautiful book with painstaking, lifelike illustrations that pull you into the story from the start. Cooke tells a West Indian grandmother's tale about a predator no one has ever clapped eyes on-Ti Bolom. We meet the grandmother as a little girl with furrowed brow and braided hair, standing in a tropical wilderness and turning to look back at... nothing. Sometimes that is the nature of fear: the predator you never see but continue to believe exists. And I love the way the exploration collides here with a celebration of the rapport between a grandmother and her grandson: family, at its best, the ultimate tonic.

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