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Written by Jeanne Willis

Illustrated by Paddy Donnelly

Early Years Ecological and Environmental Interest - Fiction Fantasy / Magical

LoveReading View on Hom

Desert island adventures and a special friendship

March 2021 Book of the Month

Jeanne Willis is one of our funniest writers for children, but she can do poignancy and tenderness with equal skill. Hom is the story of a shipwreck. A young boy is washed up on a desert island and there discovers Hom, a peace-loving hairy little creature, the last of his kind. The two become best of friends, playing and laughing together; after all, as the boy says, ‘We’re much more alike than different.’ When the chance of escape from the island comes, the boy decides not to take it, in case the arrival of bigger people puts Hom into danger.  It’s a touching story of friendship, family and the importance of kindness, to others but to our planet too. Adults will realise that Hom is short for Hominid, his presence a reminder of our past, our connections to the natural world, and its fragility. Illustrator Paddy Donnelly creates a wonderfully lush and vibrant desert island, and his characters are equally warm and alive.

Andrea Reece

Hom Synopsis

Hom is the last of his kind. I don't know what kind of creature he is, and nobody knows he exists... apart from me.

When a boy washes up on a desert island, he is sure he's on his own in the world. But there's someone else living there: Hom, a peace-loving creature who has lost his family, too. Alone on the island together, they learn from each other and become the best of friends. So when a rescue ship appears on the horizon, the boy has a big decision to make...

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783449958
Publication date: 4th March 2021
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Paddy Donnelly
Publisher: Andersen Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Early Years
Topics: Ecological and Environmental, Fantasy / Magical

About Jeanne Willis

Jeanne Willis is an award-winning children's author and scriptwriter. She had her first picture book published by Andersen Press at the age of 21, and since then she has won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize (Tadpole's Promise), the Nasen Special Needs Award (Susan Laughs), the Sheffield Children's Book Award (Who’s in The Loo) and the Red House Children's Book Award (Bottoms Up). Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including Polly Pocket and The Slow Norris, and a pilot TV series for Dr Xargle. She lives in North London with her husband. Photo credit: Justine Stoddart

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