Bob Graham’s most recent title, How the Sun Got to Coco’s House, was highly commended for the Charlotte Zolotow award, and it’s easy to see why. As the title suggests, it relates how the sun travels around the world during the Earth’s orbit, eventually finding its way to the home of a little girl called Coco and illuminating her day playing in the snow with her friends.
Graham personifies the sun at particular points throughout the story, starting at the beginning, when he mentions how it ‘seemed to think twice’ before rising from behind a hill, and later how it ‘crossed a city, took a short cut down a laneway and waited patiently outside an old lady’s window to be let in’. When it reaches Coco, it ‘barged in through [her] bedroom window, made itself quite at home on her mum and dad’s bed, and joined them for breakfast’. On its journey around the world, it comes by a diverse range of creatures, situations and people. As well as being engagingly told these different encounters are also illustrated in great detail, with particular emphasis on the sun’s bright yellow rays peering through the places it passes by on its journey. At times it glances off the side of buildings, bicycle bells, aeroplane wings and even the eye of a whale.
This story is a warm and reassuring account of everyday occurrences around the world, and the necessity and reliability of the sun in our daily lives.
Images courtesy of Walker Books, who have published How the Sun Got to Coco’s House by Bob Graham.
How the Sun Got to Coco’s House is out now on Walker Books