It's a No-Money Day
Author(s): Kate Milner
A poignant and pertinent exploration of life below the poverty line from the critically acclaimed award-winning creator of My Name is Not Refugee.
Mum works really hard, but today there is no money left and no food in the cupboards.
Forced to visit the local foodbank, Mum feels ashamed that they have to rely on the kindness of others, but her young daughter can still see all the good in her day like reading and drawing, and even the foodbank. Maybe one day things will be different but for now together they brighten up even the darkest of days.
A moving insight into the sad rise and necessity of foodbanks from the perspective of society's most vulnerable.
This beautiful book confronts the reality of not having enough and although it never shies away from the discomfort and shame of being poor, it is not a dark book, it doesn't wallow or depress. The story is told from a small child's point of view, it is cosy, colourful and sweet like the child. So, although the mum may feel desperation and shame, those are not the key points of the story; the child is happy throughout and continually has hope and trust in Mum.
Choosing the child as the narrator ensures this book is never too heavy handed, it isn't cheesy or schmaltzy and doesn't come across as an 'issues' book. Young children can enjoy this as a simple story in itself and older children and adults can read more into the pictures and the things hinted at or left unsaid.
This is an important book for everyone to read. The kids living in poverty need to see themselves reflected on the page, they need to know they aren't alone, their families are not abnormal. The kids with more privileges also need to read this book, they need to recognise their privilege, they need to see the importance of giving and the reality of others' circumstances. Parents and caregivers need to read this too - this book is a gentle reminder about what families in our communities are going through, a reminder to be more compassionate, generous and hopeful.
Kate Milner studied Illustration at Central St Martin's before completing the MA in Children's Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University. Kate won the V&A Student Illustration Award in 2016 and the Klaus Flugge Prize in 2018 for My Name is Not Refugee. She lives in Leighton Buzzard with her family.
- : 9781781128817
- : Barrington Stoke, Limited
- : Picture Squirrels
- : 0.01
- : September 2019
- : .01 Inches X 9.9 Inches X 10.3 Inches
- : books
- : Kate Milner
- : Paperback
- : Kate Milner
- : English
- : 823.92
- : 32
- : YBC