‘Hello Lighthouse’– ‘hello, hello, hello! ‘ We trace the story of the lighthouse from dusk and the arrival of the new keeper. We watch him perform his daily lighthouse chores. ‘He polishes the lens and refills the oil and trims the burnt end of the wick.’ Every day and through the night, the keeper attends to the lighthouse. What about company? Illness? Storms?
Sophie Blackall’s ‘Hello Lighthouse’ is glorious. We first sight the lighthouse from a bird’s eye view. We are drawn in through a porthole window. She offers us a dissected view of the movement and structure of the lighthouse. When the lighthouse keeper is ill, we travel the winding staircase with his wife, made more urgent by the white matte background.
‘Hello Lighthouse‘ is a ‘forever’ book, one to cherish, know and read again and again and again.
Winner of the Caldecott Medal