‘Impossible,’ by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Tony Neal.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of Tracey Corderoy’s picture books yet, you have a whole treasure trove of fabulous titles ahead of you to try. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing her latest picture book, ‘Impossible.’

Dog has busy life in the city. By day, he washes and returns his customers’ laundry. By night, he dreams of visiting the ocean – but it’s just too far away.

However, the discovery of ‘Ocean Magic’ washing powder does more than make his washing smell of the seaside. It also delivers a rather confused crab who needs to get back home to the sea. But it’s such a long way away. Getting there would be impossible. Wouldn’t it?

This is such a brilliant story about being brave enough to reach for your dreams. Even if they seem impossible at first – sometimes all you need is a little nudge from a friend.

The illustrations are just perfect – full of the vivid colour of living your dreams and packed with funny details. Keep your eyes peeled for a frog reading the newspaper whilst on the toilet!

I loved the idea of Dog adding photo memories to his map to remind him of all the wonderful things he’s never have seen or done is he hadn’t been brave enough to take a leap of faith. And that he met other people who had been afraid of things on their own journeys too – it’s important for children realise that they aren’t the only one afraid of things.

I won’t spoil the ending – it was just perfect and a testament to the power of what you can do with a friend by your side. An uplifting read for anyone aged 3+ but I would definitely use this as a discussion starter with much older children.

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Little Tiger Press for sending me this title to review*

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