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Butterfly Brain

by Laura Dockrill

Butterfly Brain Synopsis

If Roald Dahl had written A Monster Calls . . . A very special picture book from two rising stars. Everyone is always shouting at Gus to stop leaning back in his chair - but does he care? No way! Then sure enough, the chair falls, he cracks his head and has to spend all summer in bed. Out of the crack escape his memories, dreams and imagination ... and a beautiful little butterfly guide. Gus must follow the butterfly to recapture all he's lost, including that locked box he doesn't seem to want to touch ... Together they remember fish fingers, snapping bubble wrap, cracked pink soap and the leaky tap; they go wild, stomping around in the joy of imagination and happy dreams - but they can't go any further if Gus won't gather all of his memories. His butterfly will die unless Gus is ready to hear about his mum ... A delightful and moving exploration of grief and the joy that makes us human, from the effervescent voice of Laura Dockrill, with heartwarming full-colour illustrations from Gwen Millward.

Butterfly Brain Press Reviews

The language of Butterfly Brain is rich and full of vivid imagery . The absolutely stunning illustrations elevate the story further and intensify its emotional effect on the reader and are just the right blend of the darker, shadowy images of Gus's fears and the softness and warm colours of his positive memories about those most important to him. The gentleness and warmth of the final pages are powerful, overwhelmingly comforting and sensitive. -- Jenny Caddick * Reading Zone * The story is one of grief, loss but ultimately recovery as Gus can finally talk to his dad and grandmother about the secret he's kept locked inside himself. Despite the weight of issues being discussed, the verse retains its spark, offering reassurance and pointing the way to a brighter future for Gus and anyone facing the loss he's experienced. Gwen Millward's illustrations are equally accessible and emotionally true and it's a book that will prompt young readers to examine their own feelings and fears, and to understand why anger can be a response to sadness or anxiety. -- Andrea Reece * Books for Keeps * A highly original and memorable look at contemplation and grief * School Reading List *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848128682
Publication date: 3rd September 2020
Author: Laura Dockrill
Publisher: Piccadilly Press an imprint of Templar Publishing
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 80 pages
Categories: General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Personal & social issues: death & bereavement (Children's / Teenage), Picture storybooks,

About Laura Dockrill

Laura Dockrill (Author) Laura Dockrill is a performance poet and novelist whose inventive and vibrant approach to life is reflected in the vividly imagined worlds she creates. Laura finds creativity in words - from poetry to novels, and scripts to song lyrics. She is author of the Carnegie Medal nominated YA novel Lorali, as well as the Darcy Burdock series (Random House) for younger readers, which was also nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in 2014, and My Mum is Growing Down (Faber). Laura has appeared on Blue Peter and CBeebies and is a ...

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