The Boy on the Page

the boy on the page

Author: Peter Carnavas

Illustrator: Peter Carnavas

Publisher: New Frontier

SquiggleMum’s comments:

This picture book tackles one big question: why am I here? One day a boy lands unexpectedly on the page. He discovers the world around him, and finds his place in it, but still his question remains.

As usual, Peter Carnavas says a lot with very few words. In fact the most powerful page in the book is almost entirely blank and says nothing at all! The Boy on the Page is a feel-good narrative which parents will enjoy – possibly more so than the children they are reading to. The satisfying conclusion acknowledges that we are all here simply to love and be loved.

Teacher’s Notes are available.

Recommended for:

  • provoking thoughtful conversation
  • exploring timelines (child -> teenager -> adult -> parent ->)
  • Lower primary



Thanks to New Frontier, I have THREE copies of The Boy on the Page to give away! To win a copy, just leave a comment below. One entry per person. Australian residents only. Winners will be drawn at random Friday 11th October, 8pm Sydney time.


*I received a complimentary copy of The Boy on the Page courtesy of New Frontier Publishing. I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own. 


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26 thoughts on “The Boy on the Page

  1. Just borrowed it from my local library & found it very inspirational for teaching kids to create their own words & book by leaping onto the page themselves; & a simple message to look around & see what wonderful things surround us all. Mary

  2. I love to read picture books with my grandchildren and thought-provoking books are just what Grandma and Grandchild, snuggled together need.

  3. I love Peter Carnavas books to read to my kindergarten children. Can’t wait to see this new one. And I always buy them for myself, so I can keep them for my grandchildren when I have them, instead of leaving them at the kindergarten when I retire!

  4. Looks like a lovely book. We enjoy “The children who loved books” and I would love to add this one to our collection.

  5. We LOVE Peter Carnavas! Can’t wait to read his newest book…and would certainly be thrilled to win a copy!! Thanks for your review Cath.

  6. I really enjoy your book reviews. I love pictures books and would love to add this to my collection. Thanks for your thoughts and opinions.

  7. Would love to win a copy of this book as the story has a very different beginning and not as other stories would like to read this out to my kids

  8. We are LOVING Oliver Jeffers right now, but I have yet to hear about this author. My kids (and I) love discovering new books (and I also like tucking them away for when I start teaching next year :). Thanks for sharing, I’ll see if our library might have some of his books too :)

  9. I asked Amy what she wanted for Christmas and she said “Books for my future classroom!”. This would be a great one for her to have!

  10. We received our book today. Thanks SO much. It is a beautiful story and I think is fast becoming a favourite in our family.

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