Beauty and love: ‘The Lucky Shack’ by Aspara Baldovino
July 19, 2023
What a beautiful debut book this is.
With lush, gorgeous illustrations by Perth-based Jennifer Faulkner, The Lucky Shack tells the story of a simple cottage by the sea, built and cared for by a fisherman. One day a frightening storm strikes and the fisherman does not return. The shack feels alone and neglected…until a fisherwoman finds it and once more, the place is loved and lived in.
The story celebrates the colours, depths and beauty of nature, along with human connection and love.
There is a wonderful assortment of vocabulary for younger readers to absorb, enriching the narrative and introducing beautiful new words to try:
Boats pass me by. I creak my tired floorboards with loud groans, but they don’t stop. I flicker the porch light, like the lighthouse on the cliff sending codes in the night. I let go of a precious window shutter to send a message into the deep blue, to anyone who will listen.
This is a gorgeous addition to any child’s bookshelf.
The Lucky Shack is published by Working Title Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, in July 2023. My thanks to the publishers for a copy.