In 2019, I was lucky enough to go to the Cambridge School of Art exhibition for the MA course in Children’s Book Illustration, where Al Rodin won the Sebastian Walker Award. I instantly fell in love with Little Echo when I saw it on display. Since then, I’ve often thought about that story and wondered when it would make its way into the world. I was over the moon when I discovered it was being published by Puffin Books and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy!
Now that I have my very own copy, I’m so excited to be able to share my thoughts about it with the world. Because it is just delightful! I truly think this is such a special book. Al’s illustrations are so bold and expressive. They have such a timeless feel to them.
Little Echo is about just that, a little echo! And you may have heard an Echo, but have you ever seen one? In this story, a little echo hides away in a cave, where she echoes the noises all around her. Little Echo is lonely and shy, but when a little boy called Max comes along searching for Treasure, will she be able to find her own true voice?
Little Echo is a wonderful picture book about friendship, courage and finding your voice. It feels like a future classic to me.