The Cloudspotter – Tom McLaughlin

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cloudspotter

Allen & Unwin Australia

Bloomsbury

March 2016

ISBN 9781408854976

RRP $15.99

Franklin is always alone but never lonely because he always has his clouds. That’s why he’s known as the Cloudspotter. When he is with his clouds he can be anywhere and anyone, do anything and imagine endlessly.

When Scruffy Dog comes along, Franklin is distinctly peeved. He doesn’t want or need anyone else encroaching on his cloudspotting and after attempts to rid himself of this annoying friend; he comes up with a brilliant airborne plan to send Scruffy Dog away.

But with Scruffy Dog gone, Franklin just doesn’t feel the same – with or without his clouds. Instead, he feels lonely and realises that perhaps Scruffy Dog was as well. A touching reconciliation ensures that two friends can both cloudspot – and imagine.

Friendship, imagination, sharing and loneliness – all of these are issues which will resonate in classrooms and libraries making this an extremely important read-aloud which will lead to many discussions with even the youngest children.

Another worthy addition for your shelves – recommended for children around Prep to Year 2.

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