I was thrilled to receive a copy of the latest title from Ethicool Books. Ethicool produce picture books for children about the ‘big’ issues and my first experience of one of their books was an absolute delight. I love the company ethos and their sustainable approach to producing books. Their books are created using recycled or sustainably-sourced paper, use soy-based inks and books are shipped in recyclable and compostable packaging. The book I received to review was ‘April’s Window’.
The streets are quiet in April’s town, people are stuck inside due to a dangerous virus. Luckily, there are lots of windows in the town…windows of all different shapes and sizes. There is something interesting happening through each and every one of them and curious April is keen to see exactly what…
There is something magical about windows, they offer a glimpse into the life of someone else and sometimes they reveal the most wonderful sights. And the windows in April’s town are definitely worth taking the time to explore. April’s Window is a delightful read that captures the joy of childhood curiosity and the powers of observation. Strangely, the only time we see April is on the front cover where she is staring out of her own window and looking at the village. The story takes the reader on a visual journey into the many windows that make up the homes in April’s village. Each window has a story to tell - friends chatting, a couple dancing, people learning new skills, getting lost in books, playing games, looking after new borns and arguing siblings. All of the windows are beautifully illustrated and each adorns a building with its own unique brickwork. The illustrations are rich and vibrant and are full of warmth and charm, seamlessly conveying happiness and people finding joy in whatever it is they are doing.
According to the publisher’s website, the story is set during the pandemic. Throughout the story, there are additional clues that the book is set during the pandemic - artwork of hearts and rainbows makes an appearance and some of the essential service workers are given a special mention at the end of the story. Whilst the book is set against the backdrop of the pandemic, it is never the overbearing story and what this book does more than anything is show that life goes on and that although people may not be out on the street, many are making the best of the situation in which they find themselves. April, like many children, is not able to visit the home’s of her friends but that does not stop her being curious about what might be going on in each of them and as she peers into the windows of her neighbours, she and readers are treated to the many ways that people locked inside are keeping themselves busy.
The book is a celebration of all the wonderful people that make up April’s town and it will no doubt inspire young children to take notice of the windows near where they live and to see what amazing things might be going on inside.
Recommended for 3+.
April's Window and many other lovely books can be purchased @ ethicoolbooks.com