The Island is a simple yet poignant tale of a man washed up on a strange island and the treatment that he receives from its residents.
The story is written in language that is simple and in a style that is accessible and straightforward. The illustrations are beautiful, if sombre. Characters represented are grotesque and the colours used are dark and muted. The illustrations are wonderful at depicting the emotions and reactions of the characters. They are also used very effectively to capture and relay the dark mood of the story.
This book is perfect to kick-start discussions on issues like racism, human rights and xenophobia. It gave me chills but I love it nevertheless. 5 out of 5 stars!
Author and illustrator: Armin Greder
First published in 2002 as Die Insel in Germany by Sauerländer Verlag
Age range: 8 to 16 years old
NA's rating: 5/5