"THE CAROUSEL" Illustrated by Walter di Qual

A stirring story, enchanting and passionate. It is a celebration of wild abandon, of being transported to a state of being where everything else is forgotten and anything is possible... suffused with a richness of symbolism and imagery.   



Dubosarsky’s rhyming text captures the rhythmic movement of a carousel in this tale of a young girl who makes a connection with the horse she is riding, sensing that within its wooden exterior there is a wild horse yearning to be free. Rather than presenting the gaudy colours of a traditional merry-go-round, illustrator Walter Di Qual creates impressionistic images in a muted palette of blues, whites, pinks, and oranges, which echo the dream-like quality of Dubosarsky’s text. 

Australian Book Review 

About a girl who wishes the wooden horses bound to the carousel might break free of their endless circle....told beautifully in Dubosarsky's direct yet evocative way and really hits its stride when read out loud

The Age 

Enchanting ... magical tale of imagination and freedom...This a book which makes for repeated oral readings, particularly by adult readers to children, who will love the rhythm of the words and the magic of the horses – real or imagined

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