A Papua New Guinean boy helps a young soldier as his village is torn apart by World War II.
Twelve-year-old Kari grew up along the banks of the Kusumi River, east of the village of Kokoda. His father taught him the traditional ways of his people, and Sister Mary taught him English at the mission schoolhouse. One day Kari s peaceful world is shattered when a bomb rips through the village of Kokoda. Kari searches among the wounded and finds a young soldier lying in a ditch. The soldier is badly hurt, but Kari will not leave him. Together they make the perilous journey to safety along the Kokoda Track. During the Pacific War of World War II, a series of battles were fought along the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. The villagers who assisted the troops became known as the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels. Using a combination of oil paintings and pencil sketches, the multi-award-winning author and illustrator Mark Wilson brings this important period of history to life in this stunning picture book for older readers.
2011 CBCA Book of the Year Award: Notable Picture Book
2011 3rd CJ Picture Book Awards: International Shortlist
Publisher: Lothian Children's Books
D.C. Green wrote:
This could well turn out to be my favourite book of 2015. - I'd give it ten stars
This is the story of the people of the villages along the Kokoda trail who helped the allies against the Japanese during World War II. It's told with stunning beauty. The ending packs a punch, right to the soul.
A gorgeous, dream-like, evocative and poignant picture book. Highly recommended!