Kites is a picture book that explores themes of friendship and staying true to yourself. The book oozes with double page spreads that are an absolute delight.
David is a young boy who has just moved home and on his arrival to Fivehills he instantly notices the many kites filling the sky with colour. He doesn’t have a kite but he soon changes that by being super resourceful. Finding bits and pieces around the home he creates his very own kite.
As he arrives outdoors with the intention of flying his homemade kite David is approached by different children, all keen to help. His homemade kite has turned into a project of everyone’s work but as helpful as everyone was, his kite fails to fly.
On return home it’s the memory of David’s grandfathers words that assist him in making the kite a success, “Let’s see what we’ve already got. More often than not, we’ll find the answer inside.” David experiences so many emotions having moved recently and though he learns a lot about kite making through his new friends he also learns that staying true to yourself is key.
The digital, modern feeling illustrations with whispy moving like textures compete this book so beautifully.
A fantastic debut picture book by Simon Mole with artwork by the splendid Oamul.
Disclaimer: Book received from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own.