Stephen Hogtun. Bloomsbury Publishing. (32p) ISBN: 9781526610683

After reading The Station Cat last year I was happy to see that Stephen Hogtun had a new picture book coming out.

Another beautifully illustrated picture book from Stephen, Deep follows the story of a mother whale and calf from birth the when the calf becomes independent.

Largely a metaphor for coping with life with the help of others and supporting others to become independent and still loving when they are gone, it isn’t cloying and the story works well.

The palette used to explore the story is a very blue palette, with shades of green thrown in, but when there are difficulties the palette does change to be slightly darker.

The pictures are beautiful and move you through the story with a lot of movement which supports the story well.

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