Queen Celine (HB)
A funny, eco-friendly, politically-relevant picture book by super-talent Matt Shanks.
Celine Beaufort was an ordinary girl. She did ordinary things, On ordinary days, In ordinary ways. But every now and then, Celine was a Queen, Of a kingdom by the sea. Celine Beaufort is queen of what she is quite certain is the most beautiful rock pool in the world. It's perfect. And to make sure nothing ever changes, she decides to build a wall around it. Unfortunately, that turns out to be a royal mistake.
As self-proclaimed ruler, it's up to Celine to right her wrong and restore her rock pool to its former glory, this time with everyone welcome.
Perfect for fans of Oliver Jeffers, Andrea Beaty, and David Roberts, this is a humorous, kid-friendly read with a strong environmental message, delivered in a non-didactic way. Not only is the environmental message here timely; the discussion of inclusion--and taking down walls--certainly reflects the current political dialogue.
Matt Shanks is a talent to watch. He illustrated Jackie French's Koala Bare, and has been on the CBCA Notables list for his own books and books he has illustrated