ABOUT THE BOOKWhen Noorie’s sister Zoya dies, everything in Noorie’s world becomes silent. She knows her sister has gone forever. But what’s with Mummy’s silly lies that Zoya will always be around, by their side? And what is she to do about Zoya’s friend Dhara, who just won’t leave Noorie alone?
- There have been quite a few books on death for young children, but this one strikes close to home: the death of a sibling.
- Noorie’s bewilderment at losing Zoya is palpable. It doesn’t help that all her mother can offer are platitudes and clichés to comfort her. Noorie struggles with her emotions, which range from fear of losing her mother to anger at Zoya’s friend Dhara who tries hard to make up for the loss and grief of losing someone so beloved to her. It would have also been nice if we could see how Noorie understands the loss.
- The illustrations are evocative, going from dark to bright to reflect Noorie’s state of mind. The way that Zoya fades in and then becomes a constant hazy presence is beautifully done. However, there is a bit of ambiguity in that it sometimes feels like a ghost story.
- Though it’s a tender, sensitive story, it doesn’t seem to have the same easy lucidity one has come to expect from Pickle Yolk Books.