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February Book of the Month

22nd February 2019 | Blog

Our February Book of the Month is:

Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illustrated by Giovanni Rigano and donated by Hachette Children’s Books

Weaving together real stories of migration, this powerful graphic novel brings to life the 21st-century refugee experience. The story follows a young boy, Ebo, as he undertakes the hazardous journey across Africa to Europe in search of his siblings who left before him and in hope of a new and better life.

Whilst told with humour and compassion, the authors do not shy away from the realities that men, women and children who make this epic journey face.

Illegal inside
Giovanni Rigano’s stunning illustrations bring the story to life

Text is quite minimal and it is Giovanni Rigano’s stunning illustrations that bring the story vividly to life. His illustrations act like a camera lens, bringing the reader up close to faces highlighting emotion and drama but also pulling back to reveal vast panoramas. The double page spreads of the sprawling city of Agadez and the illustration of the boat Ebo is granted passage on in the middle of the seemingly endless ocean are particularly memorable.

The engaging illustrations and sparse text make this book very accessible. Readers will find Ebo’s spirit and ingenuity infectious, especially those in refugee camps who often tell us that they are particularly inspired by stories of people who have overcome challenges in their own lives. This book will also be welcomed by NGOs working in camps who often use books as a tool to help people, especially children, work through the trauma of what they have been through and handle the difficulties of camp life.

Copies will soon be on their way to refugee camps we support across the world including Dadaab and Kakuma, two of the world’s largest camps, both in Kenya.


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