Granddad says the big tree in the garden needs to come Down and that Dad can borrow his chainsaw. But when Dad opens the box containing the chainsaw and all the equipment, he has suddenly got plenty of time.
Morfars motorsag is a lovely picture book about completely normal, but scary things. It is about a father who doesn’t know where the tree will fall and who doesn’t like chainsaws, but is perhaps even more afraid of admitting he’s afraid.
‘Per Dybvig’s drawings are effective in showing how the tree is central to this story. It recurs in all the illustrations and eventually gains dimensions that direct adult thoughts to the tree as a symbol in history, tradition and family roots as well as knowledge and wisdom.’
‘This book is ideal for reading aloud, with an ending quite different from what you might expect. [...] The text and illustrations are both simple in form and fit together well. Short sentences without frills. Simple, hand-drawn illustrations.’
‘Dybvig’s illustrations are coloured pencil drawings, and there is a remarkable contrast between the mighty tree and the more carefully drawn people. Perspective is used humorously and to great effect. [...] This is how the text and illustrations come together as a whole. This is a beautiful little story about a tree and everything that you don’t have to do quite yet.’
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