I got drawn into this book by the awesome idea of a sinister garden shed. I admit, I don’t like delving into the depths of my rickety back shed (hello red-back spider, and <hooly dooly> what made that scuttling noise?) but I always love discovering long-forgotten things.
I wasn’t disappointed by the read. In fact, it pleasantly over-achieved! ‘The Memory Shed’ by Sally Morgan and Ezekiel Kwaymullina, illustrated by Craig Smith, was a delightful read. It is beautiful, well-written and give-yourself-a-hug warm.
- Junior Fiction
- 5 chapters
- 55 pages
- About 2,500 words
- Chapter 1 – intro to characters (including shed!) and inciting event (going to clean shed out)
- Chapter 2 – trepidatious entry into shed to start clean
- Chapters 3-4 – fun and memories
- Chapter 5 – realisation and happy finish.
What did I love?
- Grandma! Mate, she was an awesome supporting character. Vivid, fun, joyful, balanced. When she hopped on that bike… yeeha! I absolutely dig Grandma.
- The start! What a great first chapter. Because when it’s stormy and dark and the power’s out, what you really don’t need is a shed that can move. And read your thoughts while it’s at it. There was no way I was putting the book down after that start.
- The diversity! I love diversity where it’s a natural part of the story, rather than awkwardly forced down your throat for the sake of ticking a box. This book was awesome for that. It is gently educating as it whole-heartedly entertains.
- The twist! If you’re afraid of spoilers (and a general warning I put them everywhere) don’t read this bit. But I loved how the spooky start turned into a heart-warming end. As in, the shed is another fave character for me. I just want to give it a hug.
This last point has the bonus of meaning your kids aren’t terrified of sheds after reading the book. As a parent, I think authors should always consider how their book is going to leave young children. (Shed-phobia isn’t on my list of must-haves…)
A lovely read, made even better by the awesome illustrations.