We often talk about having a ‘guardian angel’. Perhaps we do have one – that mysterious little voice that seems to whisper in our ear prompting us to take a certain action or make a certain decision; actions or decisions that are not easy but are important. In this slim little volume with illustrations that emphasise the atmosphere of the narrative we learn about two such actions that each led to a change. We have been promised a third story but…And what about the voice? An angel or might it be something like your conscience? Reader, you are invited to decide – but whatever your decision, listen.
In this short story that is here presented as a satisfying little novella, Marcus Sedgwick has created a powerful narrative about individual choice and action that, while demonstrates the potential for change, does not hide the danger nor the personal risk. As expected, his language is direct, his writing style uncluttered by unnecessary detail or description. The illustrations by Daniel Ido mirror this perfectly with a palate of greys and browns that are simple but powerful; and in each illustration there is a small figure shaped space… room for the reader.
Part of the first set of 10 stories to make a difference from Pop Up Projects and here aimed at an older audience the production is both stylish and mature. The font is clear and easy to read making it accessible to a wide audience. An excellent example.