Kid’s Book Review: The Power of Welcome

Kid’s Book Review: The Power of Welcome

About the Book

This is an unusual, moving and informative graphic novel that explores the struggle for survival of displaced people.

The anthology includes true stories of journeys by people forced by conflict to move from their homes in theUkraine, Somalia, Bosnia, Syria and Afghanistan prefaced by a history of each country written by author Bali Ray.

The stories have been written by Ada Jusic (Bosnia), Marie Bamyani (Afghanistan), Sonya Zhurenko (Ukraine), Ramzee (Somalia) and Nadine Kaadan (Syria) and Ada Jusic is also the artist who created the artwork (please scroll down to see some examples of the inside pages).

Ada Jusic

Ada Jusic is a Bosnian artist and animator With over 10 years of experience in image-making, from corporate to grassroots clients. Her work is strongly influenced by storytelling, dialogue and investigation; particularly the stories and experiences of marginalised communities. As a refugee who came to the UK in the early 90s, art and creativity was how she made sense of her story and identity. Now she works to help others do the same – through making thought provoking animation and illustration.

Bali Rai was born in Leicester where he grew up in a multicultural community dreaming of playing football for Liverpool FC, being Bob Marley or becoming a writer. He writes the books he would have enjoyed as a teenager and his book Rani and Sukh is a set-text for GCSE English.

Book Review

I would recommend this book to people of all ages

The Power of Welcome is a book about the immigration stories of people from five countries, Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

I liked how the book covered each country in a comic-strip kind of way, where they would give a textual introduction to the country, then would follow it up with a comic-strip style story about a person’s story from that country.

In some instances I found the description about the background for a country unnecessarily long. Personally, I did not consider the extent and length to which a country’s history was described was relevant to their stories.

I would recommend this book to people of all ages, and I would rate this book a rating of 4/5 stars.

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Reviewer Profile

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  • Name: Marsden
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: computer games, reading, riding my bike
  • Dislikes: mis-matching clothes and minced beef
  • Favourite Book: Danny Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
  • Favourite Song: BTS Dynamite
  • Favourite Film: Marvel End Games