The river had burst its banks. The dam was overflowing. 'Don't go outside, Alex!' Mum shouted. But then Rabbit hopped out the open window ......
|Title||:||Alex and the Watermelon Boat|
|Number of Pages||:||32 Pages|
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Alex and the Watermelon Boat Reviews
This book is a bit strange ... sort of dream like. The pictutres are sketchy and 'arty' and the tale has all these little disconnected 'stories' (one sentence long) throughout. But we found it interesting and compelling to read. An interesting bedtime read.
This is a really wonderful response to McKimmie’s experience of the Brisbane floods. Alex is a little boy who is in bed one day when his mum comes in and tells him not to go outside because it has been raining so much. He has to disobey his mum because he toy rabbit has hopped out the window and he has to go looking for him. So begins his journey to rind rabbit. McKimmie’s artwork is really extraordinary. He uses collage of his own work done in many media including: acrylic paint, watercolour, gouache, house paint, pastels, oil pastels, ink, coloured pencils, tracing paper, masking tape, sticky tape, mdf board, star stamp, biro and stencils, white out pen. This creates riotous and quite chaotic pages – but throughout it all Alex just steadily putts along in his watermelon boat looking for rabbit. It is told from a child’s point of view. So it a very clever and quite symbolic response to what the floods must have been like – where nothing makes sense physically, and it was all about people finding a psychological through line to get them through the experience.
Alex and the Watermelon Boat by Chris McKimmie- 2012 – Quite the curious, slightly desperate story that recounts, somewhat, the experiences of the floods in January 2011 in Brisbane, Australia. Really curious story book. I read this with my son and one of his friends and we were forever puzzling over the pictures in the book. There’s just so much going on, so many mediums used, and interesting layers within the story. I grew a little tired of how many random names were brought up in the story that seemed to not connect with anything else beyond a person that was seen… but when you’re in a flood, things are random, desperate, and tough. (So I imagine…)
Another Chris McKimmie picture book; another zany hallucinogenic experience! Where is the text, in amongst the jam-packed illustrations? Why is the font constantly changing? Like the flood depicted in the story, this book changes and moves with a fluidity that leaves the reader a little disoriented at times, but ultimately fulfilled. I love that Allen and Unwin take chances on less mainstream material. This 2012 release - a bit reminiscent of Where the Wild things Are - is an example of that.
I enjoyed this more than anticipated. As my Miss 9 pointed out, it was hard to locate the text secreted away amongst the collage illustrations. Normally this would cause me to abandon the book, however although this was a sometimes confusing and whimsical interpretation of the author's Floods of 2011 experience, the illustrations drew us back again and again.
Read Sarah Mayor Cox's review on Goodreads. It much better than anything I could write!