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This story highlights two topics that are often misunderstood and ignored--the process of grief and the pain of mental illness. I think Tony handled both very well, but I especially appreciated his handling of mental illness. It isn't easy for adults to understand it, much less a child; but somehow the child in this book seemed to understand his father and what he needed more than anyone thought. I saw the ending as one of hope, as a promise of a new beginning for father and son.
I hope we see more writing by Tony Gilbert in the future.
This is a lovely, poignant little story written from the point of view of the boy. (I wish he had a name, but the story works fine without one.) It shows both the grief and confusion from his six year old perspective making it impossible not to grieve with him. While losing a parent at such a young age never has a happy ending, readers will be glad that the best possible outcome is reached under the circumstances.
That the author is donating half the proceeds from the sale of this story to Winston's Wish, a leading childhood bereavement charity, is a double bonus for reading.
Truthfully, I didn't know what to expect from this story in the beginning. Normally, story titles function as hints but 'The Cloud Diary' - it was slightly vague. Perhaps even intentionally so.
But when I started, I was hooked. A story about a 6 year old who `adopts' a cloud. Or perhaps the cloud `adopts' the 6 year old.
The story, told from the POV of the 6 year old, is utterly, utterly heartwarming and I was both joyful and sad as I read it. It ended far too soon and I wanted more.
A wonderful read.
The hardest thing for any parent is to find the words to explain to a small child why they won't see their mummy or daddy again.
A poignant tale, beautifully told by Tony Gilbert
"I caught a cloud the other day..."
Profoundly meaningful and thought-provoking I adored how sublime simplicity combined with thoughtful narrative, made this children's story so consequential. Full of substance and as delicate as poetry; as you capture the connotation and light nuance behind each and every word that professes heartfelt, genuine sincerity. Exquisite imagery (i.e. bashing against the box - remicent of captured Butterflies with their beating wings), makes this story all the more reminiscent.
*I was sent an e-copy of "The Cloud Diary" by Tony Gilbert to read and review. I would like to thank the author for this opportunity*
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The Cloud Diary by Tony Gilbert (Illustrated by Philip Howell) is a short children's story told in first person that conveys...Read more