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Claire Malone Makes a Friend - Nadia L. King

Claire Malone Makes a Friend

By: Nadia L. King, Alisa Knatko (Illustrator)

Paperback | 28 October 2021

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Age, race, culture, loneliness, relationships and the pandemic are all neatly drawn together in this outstanding picture book for young children.

Claire Malone and her cat, Marmalade are back in Claire Malones Makes a Friend, a delightful and charming picture book about life in lockdown. In her trademark style of positivity and action, Claire works through the loneliness and monotony of lockdown by looking outside her own life to affect change. Claire, yet again, shows us how to be an agent for positive change in our own neighbourhoods.

A charming and relevant sequel to Claire Malone Changes the World with delightfully lively and colourful illustrations by Alisa Knatko.

About the Author

Nadia L King is an Australian author of Indian and Irish descent. She is a children's author and award-winning short story writer who believes passionately in the power of stories to make the world a better place. Nadia's short stories have been published in Australia and internationally. She is the winner of the 2020 Maureen Freer Literary Competition for the short story category, and in 2019 she was awarded the Stuart Hadow Short Story Prize. Nadia is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in English and creative writing. She lives in Western Australia with her family and ever-expanding collection of books.

About the Illustrator

Alisa Knatko was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. From her earliest childhood she was passionate about drawing. Having worked in academic art, digital design, advertising and even web design, Alisa found her ideal field in freelance illustration. Her style is a mixed technique that includes balanced composition, graphic appeal of lines, expressive poses and minimalistic colour scheme with random patterns and textures.

Alisa gets her inspiration from the beautiful city of Saint-Petersburg, her two little kids, ballet dancing and just sitting in a local coffee shop, contemplating people passing by.
Industry Reviews
This beguiling book is about reaching out, making friends, and being there - a universal message. -- Sally Holdsworth, Editor
This moving tale reads like a fable and begins during the time when children stayed inside everyday. Set during one of the many COVID-19 lockdowns, it tells the story of Claire who watches people in their windows from her own window. The observant and caring Claire is concerned about the person who lives in one apartment where the curtains stay drawn and makes a sign which she displays in her own window Are you okay? From here, Claire becomes friends with a lonely old lady, Mrs Ong. Claire draws a picture for her, Mrs Ong shares a recipe, Claire sends over a pack of seeds, Mrs Ong knits her a hat and so on. Interestingly, the story concludes with the characters still locked inside their own worlds but anticipating the day they can come together for a picnic in the park. This story could be used to help children talk about lockdown and the combined trauma our society has experienced as a result of the pandemic. It encourages kindness, emotional maturity, and acceptance of difference. Some children will still be scarred by the experience of lockdown and might be suffering social anxiety as a result. This book could be a valuable tool for therapeutic discussions. -- Reviewed by Heather Gallagher

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