Written & Illustrated by NADINE KAADAN
Yazan no longer goes to the park to play, and he no longer sees his friend who lives next door. Everything around him is changing. His parents sit in front of the television with the news turned up LOUD and Yazan’s little red bike leans forgotten against the wall. Will he ever be able to go outside and play?
An uplifting story about a courageous little boy growing up in a time of conflict, and the strength of family love.
*USBBY Outstanding International Book List
*Little Rebels Award (shortlist)
*Kate Greenaway Medal 2019 (nomination)
'Tomorrow is a story about how together we can build a better world' – Babel Babies
'Kaadan’s artwork is stunning. Capturing mood so brilliantly she convey’s her characters’ emotions through every paint stroke' – My Book Corner
Reading Age: 4-6 years
Extent: 32 pages
Book size: 20.5 x 26 cm
Pub Date: 16th August 2018 (hardcover) | 23rd May 2019 (softcover)
ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-911373-43-8
ISBN (softcover): 978-1-911373-43-8
A great book for younger children. It's really clever how Kaadan has taken such a serious issue and created story around a situation that a child who has never experienced war can understand. My 4-year-old daughter has no concept of war yet is able to empathise with the fact that Yazan cannot go to the park and how frustrating that must be for him. Her comments: The shadows on the floor look like bad news. Someone's broked (sic) the houses. It's sad that Yazan can't go outside. My 8-year-old son had these words: It's important for children like me to read this book. It tells you what life is like in Syria.
This book does an incredible job of making a very serious subject relatable for a young audience. My son, though very young, manages to empathise with the main character in being upset about, and not understanding, the world changing around him. He too, now, wants to paint on the walls of his room with his mum. Great storytelling and beautiful artwork to convey the emotions of the family affected.