Dad's Camera (Hardcover)
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A moving portrayal of love and loss captures who — and what — we leave behind once we’re gone.
One day Dad comes home with one of those old cameras, the kind that uses film. But he doesn’t take photos of the regular things people photograph. He takes pictures of his keys, his coffee cup, the objects scattered on his desk. He starts doing a lot of things that are hard to understand, like putting items that belong in the fridge in the cupboard and ones that belong in the cupboard in the fridge. In a sensitive, touching tale about losing a family member to a terminal illness, Ross Watkins and Liz Anelli prove that love is the one thing that can never be forgotten.
About the Author
Ross Watkins is an author and illustrator for both children and adults. His work has been published internationally. In 2011, he was short-listed for the Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Emerging Queensland Authors. He teaches creative writing on Australia's Sunshine Coast.
Liz Anelli is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including Desert Lake by Pamela Freeman and Maddie’s First Day by Penny Matthews, both of which were published by Walker Books Australia. Originally from Essex, England, Liz Anelli now lives in New South Wales, Australia.
Done in a primary palette, the impressionistic illustrations have energy and appeal and are tasteful, raw, and emotional...As readers experience uncertainty, Watkins opens the door to discussion, making this an opportunity for dialogue about an illness that touches the lives of so many today.
Front endpapers display a gallery of family photos, while the back endpapers show the pictures the son takes with Dad's camera, demonstrating the touching way he carries on his father's memory. A bittersweet book about illness, mourning, and grief that movingly emphasizes the importance of remembrance.