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Bruce Whatley



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01 August 2017
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Whatley is known for his simple illustration styles (Diary of a Wombat etc) or impressionist style (Fire) but this book is completely different. The inevitable comparison will be with Shaun Tan's Arrival as it is a work of graphite on paper, although unlike that other masterpiece this book does have text. Rather surreal text, which allows the reader to fill in the gaps and construct the meaning for themselves. Ruben is a small, almost stunted figure, living alone in a threatening city, but one day he notices another small figure slipping in and out of the shadows, and gives chase. From such beginnings grow possibilities of change... Will appeal to anyone who admires the artistry of children's illustration. Lindy Jones


Ruben’s dreams were of places that made no sense to him.

Places that didn’t exist. At least not anymore.

Ruben lives in a safe place in a city that takes everything and gives nothing back. He begins to feel that he is in danger and ventures to Block City where he meets Koji. She too has been hiding from the dangers of the industrial city and its excesses. Ruben and Koji realise that if they combine their knowledge of how the city works they can find a way to escape... together.
By:   Bruce Whatley
Imprint:   Scholastic
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781743810354
ISBN 10:   1743810350
Pages:   96
Publication Date:   01 August 2017
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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