Shadow Chasers – Children Book Review

Shadow Chasers by Elly Mackay


Even thought the cover of the book is shown above, these quotes are from the back of the book;

“Surprising as it is nakedly inspirational.” – Jay Bushara, The Huffington Post

“Glowing paper dioramas are the heart and soul.” – Publishers Weekly.

These quotes from other authors and publishers are as creative as the illustrator & author of Shadow Chasers.

In this book daylight is beauty during the hours of sunset and a little at sunrise. During these times of the day the colour of the sky may be bright pink or orange and the SHADOWS are most dramatic due to the position of the sun. Mackay has taken the theme of Light and created a poetic visual of how the setting sun can magically move shadows.

Three children playfully skip through the trees, while creatures big and small appear as shadows throughout their journey. The children in the story are like paper dolls in action, they interact with nature, while nature magically changes and plays with them.

The three lovable characters are consistently in the foreground, wearing patterned clothing and have enthusiastic gestures. As their journey comes to a close so does the light of day and the brother piggy backs the smallest one home. The warmth & charm of this story is about siblings enjoying the simplicity of life, it is a feel good book about observation and interaction with nature.

Mackay’s etsy shop


About artist and illustrator

I'm a textile artist, resourceful and excited about making things. Dog walks with my pooch "Charlie" is inspiring and an opportunity to develop ideas from nature and people whom we meet on our strolls. There is a story behind my art making, it's in the series, I don't make just one but many from the same idea, but! not one will look like the other, each piece of art is "one-of-a-kind".
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