The Journey


Coral Tulloch

Walker Books Australia

9781922077615ISBN: 9781922077615

RRP: $19.95

Age: 8+

Key Words: Adventure, Interactivity

Published: 1st Nov 2013

Reviewer: Kylie Calwell

Bernard wants some plum jam on his freshly made crumpets. This seems like a simple thing but it leads him to Mr Pip, who starts him on the most amazing journey to a place called the Pole of Inaccessibility. He meets some strange and interesting creatures (Pickle Lights) and people (the Cook). He hears some interesting stories, (how the Pole of Inaccessibility came to be). Ultimately Bernard reaches the end but it’s not what he expects, though he finds out more than he realised when he gets back and talks again to Mr Pip.

The whole tale is intriguing, it draws you in. Bernard comes across as open and friendly, you are more than willing to go on the journey with him. The world created by Tulloch is textured and interesting. In fact in some ways some of the characters are the sort you would like to spend more time with. This is a wonderful story told in a fascinating and interactive way. All throughout there are little games, puzzles and even recipes to try. To get the full experience you need to have paper, dice, markers and a coin. (Some of the recipes require adult supervision.) A great choice for someone who finds sitting still and just reading a little difficult.  Also, and this could just be me, the wonderful illustrations seem to scream at me to colour them in and somehow that feels okay with this book due to the interactive aspect of it.

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