I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
The Boy and the Tree by Marleen Lammers & Anja Stoeckigt
25th July – 12th August
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Age: 5-7 years
Publisher: Tiny Tree
The Boy and the Tree is a wondrous story, told in rhyme, following a young boy’s search for fun and adventure with a strong environmental message. Written to inspire young people to rediscover the joys of outside, illustrated perfectly with a clean, inviting, and friendly art style.
About the Author
Marleen (pronounced ‘Marlayne’) is a freelance writer with a newfound love for writing children’s literature. She can’t believe her luck that kids now get to read her stories, and she plans on writing many more. Marleen grew up in the Netherlands but moved around more than she ever planned to. She spent most of the past fifteen years in different countries in Southern Africa, where she worked with nonprofit organizations. After a pitstop in Spain for a few years, she now lives in lovely Devon with her partner and their two boys. While she’s happiest when writing, Marleen also runs a couple of social businesses; a photography social enterprise and a company that arranges work placements with NGOs in Africa.
About the Illustrator
Anja Stoeckigt is a self-taught illustrator with an appreciation for the peculiar and everyday
beautiful. She runs her own company, Paper Tales (www.papertales.co.za) and spends her day creating quirky stationery products, portraits, and framable prints. ‘The Boy and the Tree’ is the second of numerous picture books Anja has illustrated.
I love the sweet story with the whimsical illustrations in The Boy and the Tree. All children can relate to climbing up a hill on a lovely day and feeling bored. The little boy fails to notice all the little woodland creatures surrounding him. As he feels sad, the big tree speaks to him and tells him of all the adventures they could take in the tree.
Next come page after beautiful page of illustrations of all the imaginary trips they make with his new friends, the little animals. By the end of the day the little boy is tired and takes a nap with his new friends.