Book review – Beyond the Fence

By Maria Gulemetova.

Gosh, there’s some deep themes explored this picture book and it even reminded me of Raymond Briggs, as not all is rosy in the story. The main character (a subserviant pig) and the boy who tells him what to do and what he likes, are reflective of children every day. Therefore the book sets out the importance of being yourself and not being bullied or controlled.

A poignant story that might not be an every night bedtime read, but is charming, well observed and beautifully communicated in text and pictures. I can see this working well as an atmospheric, animated short movie too.

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