Once There Was a Boy




      Once There Was a Boy
Once there was a boy is a universal story of friendship, temptation and reconciliation This whimsical picture book is the touching story of a little boy with a broken heart who meets a young girl who shares his secret The timeless and elegant tale is transformed into a beautiful grown up story by the use of sophisticated analogies, such as the heart as love or friendship and the sapotes as forbidden fruit.With disarmingly innocent language, once there was a boy belies an emotional depth that allows the author to reach out to both the young, and the young at heart. Download Once There Was a Boy author Dub Leffler – heartforum.co.uk

Dub David Leffler is one of thirteen children and grew up in the small town of Quirindi, south of Tamworth in New South Wales, Australia He is descended from the Bigambul and Mandandanji people of south west Queensland.He began his visual arts career as an animator and has worked as a muralist and art teacher He has illustrated several children s books and has collaborated with internationally recognised illustrators such as Colin Thompson, Shaun Tan and Banksy.


      Once There Was a Boy
 By Dub Leffler IBN : 1921248378 Format : Hardcover – heartforum.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 40 pages
  • Once There Was a Boy
  • Dub Leffler
  • English
  • 01 September 2019
  • 1921248378

10 thoughts on “ Once There Was a Boy

  1. Dimity Powell says:

    Over double the length of a normal picture book but as Miss 8 pointed out not overly wordy Succinct and subtle with sublime artwork by David Leffler A beautiful exploration and positive affirmation of the feelings boys have too.

  2. Sarah says:

    Did this book take anyone else by surprise I was expecting it comment on the origins of our land or on a different culture And to some extent it does, but it s so muchthan that, as well The story begins with a boy who lives alone on an island, when a girl shows up.What follows is a tale of conflict, vulnerability, and reconciliation.What took me by surprise was the, er, heart As in, a literal heart...

  3. Me says:

    Beautiful drawings with a lovely story Enjoyable for adult and children alike, which is a plus when you are reading to your babies

  4. Alice says:

    This is undoubtedly one of the most sophisticated children s books in my library and teaching repertoire The plot centres around the title character who lives by himself on an island One day, a girl arrives on the island, disrupting the boy s way of life Their different ways of relating to place and to each other, lead to conflict between the two children The story concludes with an apology, an act of forgiveness, and a tentative connection with an intention for a stronger friendship With o This is undoubtedly one of the most sophisticated children s books in my library and teaching repertoire The plot centres around the title character who lives by himself on an island One day, a girl arrives on the island, disrupting the boy s way of life Their ...

  5. Serge Smagarinsky says:

    A great idea and well constructed Whilst the writing could have been slightly stronger and the illustrations would benefit from better facial expressions, the story is engaging and impressive, especially for a debut author illustrator It is crafted full of suspense, philosophy and emotion Some c...

  6. Sylvia says:

    Gorgeous thought provoking picture book that all adults can relate to Very few words on each page, in fact several pages are wordless, yet the illustrations evoke the emotions and theme of the story Looking forward tofrom Dub Leffler.

  7. Kathie Henson says:

    Absolutely horrid imagery, i felt my eyes being raped each and every page My children cried and i couldn t get them to sleep afterwards because of the incessant blarney.

  8. Megan says:

    Put simply, once there was a dark skinned boy living a peaceful life alone on an island Then a fair skinned girl arrives She eats the tropical fruit sapote, and all hell breaks loose While the plot structure may sound familiar to some, this book is challenging for children Further, that the boy would go out sapote collecting and leave his beating heart in a box under the bed, is also bewildering, although by this time, kids have figured out this is not your run of the mill island adventu Put simply, once there was a dark skinned boy living a peaceful life alone on an island Then a fair skinned girl arrives She eats the tropical fruit sapote, and all hell breaks loose While the plot structure may sound familiar to some, this book is challenging for children Further, that the boy would go out sapote collecting and leave his beating heart in a box under the bed, is also bewildering, although by this time, kids have figured out this is not your run of the mill island adventure and are pretty tuned in the strangeness of events In fact, I am not even sure this is a book for children Many kids respond to the stunning artwork and azure ocean scenes, but this is ...

  9. Dee-Ann says:

    This book surprised us I was reading it to my two sons and boy did we get a surprise Fantastic story, my boys remembered it completely the next day and it evoked a fair bit of discussion.This story is of a boy who lives alone on an island One day a girl appears She eats all his fruit and falls asleep in his bed The boy leaves early the next day to find somefruit and leaves her a note saying Don t look under the bed The story goes from there B...

  10. Neil Flanders says:

    A truly spectacular read for both adults and children beautifully written and illustrated There is so many layers to this book Loved it

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