Caspian Finds a Friend
Jacqueline Veissid and Merrilees Brown
In a lighthouse lives a boy named Caspian whose loneliness we feel right from the opening spread that reveals the stark beauty of his location.
How does someone find a friend whose every night is spent casting light into the darkness waiting for someone to arrive, but nobody does.
Then one day Caspian decides to write a message and use his flower jug to cast it into the ocean.
Weeks pass, then months as the boy waits and waits. Eventually he discovers something ‘a glistening nestled in the rocks.’ It’s his bottle and inside is a single word response.
He rushes to his little boat and under the night sky with its shimmering constellations he rows on the gentle sea until he falls asleep.
Waking next morning now in icy waters, Caspian finally meets that which he’s longed for …
and together they journey back to the lighthouse.
The combination of Jacqueline Veissid’s lyrical text and debut illustrator, Merrilees Brown’s beautiful art, which is a mixture of oil paints, relief print and charcoal digitally combined, creates an almost dreamlike gentle adventure story to delight and perhaps to encourage little ones to realise that within themselves they have the power to make changes happen.