The Boys


The Boys connect with each other at the beach, ‘their special place’. It seems that this is the place that they’ve known each other forever and where their core understanding of each other was formed and is reinvigorated.

The four are different, from their interests to their strengths and lives. Yet they appreciate and nurture those differences.

However, as life moves on and their lives become fuller and more busy, the differences risk becoming bigger than their relationship. There are rivalries, other people become fixtures and then there is attention-seeking and crowd drawing. So can The Boys move past this to reconnect? Might it take a return to the beach, to a sharing about how each needs to listen?

The Girls drew deserved praise and appreciation, including awards. Again Lauren Ace and Jenny Løvlie take time to create a relevant, relatable text alongside inclusive, rich and almost nostalgic pictures. Thereafter The Boys is a story for readers of all ages, for schools and families to enjoy, discuss and seek to realise

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The Boys

Lauren Ace and Jenny Løvlie

(Little Tiger Press)

The Boys have ‘been friends for as long as they could remember’. It seems that they are ‘like brothers‘ despite their differences, from the way they express themselves to ‘different interests’. Somehow, it seems that they work best as a team. What’s more when they reassemble at the beach, ‘their special place’, their friendship is strengthened and revived.
Yet as time passes and their ‘busy and full‘ lives continue, it seems that their differences grow bigger. Furthermore, growing up isn’t easy, so that the differences become rivalries, other relationships are put first, or drawing attention becomes a priority. Is there a way that the four might find a way to return to their core connection? Might it be that talking to each other about how lonely they are without their shared understanding and connection could reunify them? Thereafter, what if they returned to the beach to reestablish their deep-seating knowledge that ‘no boy is an island and the bravest way to face problems is to talk and to listen’. 
Lauren Ace and Jenny Løvlie’s The Girls won the Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize. Its truths resonated with scores of readers of all ages. It seems that The Boys hits the same spot. Not only is the text relevant to so many, but the warm, inviting, nurturing pictures empathetic, nurturing, nostalgic yet fresh. Bookwagon is proud to invite this meaningful picture book aboard.


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