by | Mar 2024

Tree by Claire Saxby bookcover


Release Date: 3 April 2024

Author Claire Saxby

Illustrated by Jess Racklyeft

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781761069505

Can you see the forest on this misty-morning mountain? Can you see where the tree stands? It is the tallest in this forest of tall trees. This tree is older than those who find it, younger than the land it grows from.

In the vein of Iceberg – marrying deep scientific research, lyrical language and stunning illustrations – multi-award-winning and highly acclaimed creators Claire Saxby and Jess Racklyeft return with a change in environment, from ocean to land. Their new collaboration follows a mighty tree, from the bottom of its roots up to the tips of its upper branches.




Claire Saxby, illus Jess Racklyeft

A&U Children’s

Reviewed by Karys McEwen

Released April 2024


ISBN 9781761069505

RRP $24.99

Category: Children’s picture book

27 February 2024    Books+Publishing                                 

Tree, by multi-award-winning picture book creators Claire Saxby and Jess Racklyeft, explores the life of a mighty mountain ash, the tallest in a forest of tall trees. Similar to their previous collaboration, Iceberg, which won the 2022 CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award, this new work combines educational facts about nature with charming language and striking illustrations. It also offers a fold-out page showcasing the full length of this forest giant (not to scale!). The world of the tree is multifaceted, and beyond its roots that drink water and its leaves that use light to make energy, it also provides shelter and sustenance for a variety of creatures, big and small. Within this world, slaters curl by the layered leaf litter, a robin perches on a wattle branch, and a greater glider makes a home in a hollow. We see the various ways the tree supports the life around it from day to night, with the artwork illuminating the different colours of the landscape and the details of the fauna. Tree invites readers into the forest, asking them to close their eyes to imagine the sounds and breathe in the fresh air. Curious young minds aged 5+ will lap up this journey of discovery.

Books+Publishing reviewer: Karys McEwen is a librarian, bookseller, author, and the vice president of CBCA VIC Branch.