Adnan The Boy Who Helped His Mummy Remember

publication date: Jun 24, 2024
author/source: Anne Coates

Adnan The Boy Who Helped His Mummy Remember

Published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Adnan is written by the directors of award-winning short film of the same name, Mark Arrigo and Steven Chatterton, and illustrated by the incredible Syrian artist Diala Brisly whose art is inspired by her own experiences as a refugee. 

This remarkable picture book tells the heart-warming story about the power of love, hope and determination.

A recurring theme is: Sometimes when a plan doesn't work, you can't give up. You need to keep trying. And this could apply to us all at various stages in our lives!  

Adan is an imaginative young boy who flees his home country with his mother. Now settled in the Uk, he tries to help his mother come to terms with their new lives using only his imagination and the power of his love. Several plans do not work until Adnan's mother finds his book...

Touching and sensitively told, the book offers a powerful window onto the world's ongoing refugee crisis, feeding into current UK and global conversations on emigration and depicting the difficult journeys that often continue for emigrés even once settled.

It is also at its roots a heart-warming story about the importance of creativity.

I found this a profoundly moving story and, although aimed at children aged five plus, older children and adults would benefit from reading it.

Available from bookshops and online

PWT rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Two per cent of the retail price from every sale is going directly to refugee charity Choose Love