Author(s): Armin Greder (Illustrator)
Poignant and chilling, this allegory is an astonishing, powerful, and timely story about refugees, xenophobia, racism, multiculturalism, social politics, and human rights. When the people of an island find a man sitting on their shore, they immediately reject him because he is different. Fearful to the point of delusional paranoia, the islanders lock him in a goat pen, refuse him work, and feed him scraps they would normally feed a pig. As their fears progress into hatred, they force him into the sea. The charcoal illustrations complement the sparse and beautifully understated narrative.
Shortlisted for Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Picture Book of the Year 2008.
'...offers an important message. Powerful and timely, it provokes discussion about one of the most pertinent issues facing us today...stunning artwork and clear, concise text...appeals to all ages.'Toowoomba Chronicle, 18/8/07'...an important book, and no less important for being pitched at young children as well as adults. The way it reveals the prejudice inherent in humanity is superb...a kind of anti-fairy tale...There are many aspects of The Islandwhich make it wonderful...belongs on bookshelves everywhere.'blogcritics.org, 28/8/07
Picture book illustrator Armin Greder was born in Switzerland and migrated to Brisbane, Australia in 1971. Armin has worked as a graphic designer and currently lectures tertiary art students, illustrating picture books in between teaching and other interests. As a child Armin spent a lot of time drawing in the back of his exercise books when he should have been paying attention in class. In books such as The Great Bear and An Ordinary Day his art reflects his European background. Charcoal often features in his work.