Storm Boy likes to wander alone along the fierce deserted coast among the dunes that face out into the Southern Ocean. After a pelican mother is shot, Storm Boy rescues the three chicks, and nurses them back to health. He names them Mr Proud, Mr Ponder and Mr Percival. After he releases them, his favourite, Mr Percival, returns. The story then concentrates on the conflict between his lifestyle and the externally imposed requirement for him to attend a school, and the fate of the pelican.’

I adore this book.

I haven’t read this book since primary school, so I was excited to see if it lived up to the memories I have of it. I am happy to say it not only lived up to my expectations it well and truly surpassed them.

Reading this book as an adult was a joyous experience. I laughed, I cried, and I ending the book with a feeling of contentment. It is easy to see way this book is so well loved more than fifty years after it was first released.

The edition of this book that I read had absolutely breathtaking illustrations by Robert Ingpen. I wasn’t expecting illustrations so I was genuinely surprised and excited when I came across them. The illustrations in this edition perfectly captured the heart and soul of the story.

I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about this book. I will admit, as it had been so long since I read it last, I had forgotten the ending. Not expecting what was coming made for a very emotional final few chapters for me.

As this isn’t a very long book, I would suggest you read it first before sharing it with the young readers in your life.

Storm Boy by Colin Thiele is a must read for everyone.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker