I am always in awe of those authors who show their talents in so many different ways – Matt Haig is one of those authors. Haig can write with such style, not just for adults but also for children (and even then he can adapt his style).
‘Evie and the Animals’ is a book I believe was inspired by his daughter’s love of animals. It is a great story – in my opinion, for all ages – of a girl who has a love of animals and a special talent that allows them to communicate with her, and vice versa. There is a wonderful emphasis on the importance being special in your own way – that there is no need to try and be like everyone else.
Evie can gather great strength when she knows the truth about her past. And she goes on to use that to save those that she loves – human and animal alike.
This is a glorious adventure with brilliant illustrations from Emily Gravett, which bring even more life to this novel.
We should all remember that we have our own special talents and that they make us the individuals we are today.