About Bumblebees and More

I am reading, and, thoroughly enjoying, The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi, with drawings by Gregory O’Brien, published by Random House, New Zealand.

From the blurb on the back cover;

Perry leaned into Gran and blew gently on her cheek.

‘Gran, ‘ she said. ‘Gran? Who am I?’

‘Well, ‘ said Gran, tartly, ‘if you don’t know I can’t help you.’

Who indeed is Perry? And who is Gran? Who are Doris, Beverley, Stephen, Loto, Audrey and the myriad others at Santa Lucia in the loop of the river?

There is much about all their lives that is puzzling and chaotic, but Perry has a plan. She is making an alphabet of everyone and everything at Santa Lucia. The alphabet is orderly after all, a beautiful, predictable pattern that everyone understands….Or do they?

A story that reminds us again of the enduring alliance between the young and the very old.

That’s the blurb.

For me, the book is also about the delights and vagaries of language and communication at all stages of life, interspersed with humour and bumblebees.  As a bonus, the book is beautifully made; a feast for the eyes and a pleasure to hold.

The typeset is Mrs Eaves.

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