coming and going by isabel minhós martins
℅ tate publishing
coming and going is a (childrens) book written by isabel minhós martins and illustrated by bernado carvalho.
it includes two things i’ve always been interested in: facts about animals and nature, and lots of colour. i would have loved this book as a child. at almost 30 now, i definitely do.
it shows how animals and humans travel the globe, and the essence of why. it’s certainly a book that makes you think about your place on this planet, and how you can be more aware of your (and THE) environment.
it builds up from telling us how humans started off travelling by foot, but over time the need to travel further and faster grew, and with that, the consumption of fuels and the impact on the earth.
as you know, i’m a big fan of illustrated childrens picture books – mostly for the artwork if we’re being honest, but i often enjoy the stories too – and this one now sits proudly among them.
i like how this has been written, it flows well and has a good rhythm to it. it doesn’t talk down to a younger audience and i feel children (and adults) of various ages would like this book for both the words and illustrations. it’s wonderfully colourful and will spark your imagination, and hopefully encourage you to be aware of your immediate and global surroundings as well as to be observant of animals and their actions.
what makes this book particularly striking to me is the collaged illustrations, and this style is so well to suited to childrens books. it’s graphic, bold, and stirs the imagination. and for fellow illustrators like me, makes me feel inspired to create.
do you or your children have this book? what do you think of the story? do you think the illustrations help bring it to life? let me know!