ABOUT THE BOOKLonely Sid wasn’t always a tree. But the day he misses saving a soccer goal at school, things change for him. He wakes up the next morning to discover he is no more the boy he used to be. With an entire ecosystem hovering above him, he finds himself transformed into one of those brainless trees that he so detests. Will he ever be back to being Sid again? And will his loneliness end?
- The Tree Boy is funny, quirky story about a boy who turns into a tree. Sid gets called a tree on the sports field, and he is convinced that he never wants to be anything like a tree. But the universe has other plans for him – so Sid is turned into a tree! And he discovers that maybe being a tree is not so bad after all. The story touches upon the idea of empathy, and imagining what it’s like to be someone else.
- The humour of the story is brought alive by Nayantara Surendranath’s wonderful illustrations. Each page is filled with funny pictures in tasteful, muted colours. Space is used well, and in a way that does not distract from the text at all. The detailing in the illustrations is likely to make the book a very engaging experience for young readers.
- The story itself is brief, if somewhat confusing. However, the twist at the end, when Sid finds himself turning into a traffic light, is entertaining, and will definitely elicit giggles.
- The narration feels slightly disjointed in places. For instance, it takes a while to register the moment when Sid begins to transform into a tree. Also, once he becomes a tree, his realisation that being a tree is not so bad comes too quickly. The author could have spent some more time describing the reasons for his sudden change of heart. The abruptness of the writing takes away from the book’s ability to explore the idea of empathy in depth.