* I received a free copy of this from the lovely people at Barrington Stoke in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own. *
When I first saw this book, I instantly noted the cover which is absolutely stunning, just like the rest of the illustrations in the book – Emma Shoard does a brilliant job illustrating this story. The story revolves around an unidentified narrator, looking back at the house he lived in as a child with his parents and the tree house which his father built there. I think this book was quite evocative in the way it presents a child’s memory and showing the contrast and realisation as an adult which wasn’t entirely clear to a child.
If I’m honest, when I first saw the title I thought this book was going to focus much more on ancestry rather than the idea a physical tree and tree house which infiltrates a family’s life. But I feel that it still that even though it wasn’t what I expected it became a pleasant surprise, as it was such an interesting and sensitive story which explored the decline and eventual separation of a couple through a child’s eyes. Mal Peet is an author who I had never encountered before so I found his writing style quite interesting, especially when paired with Emma Shoard’s illustrations.
Overall, I think that The Family Tree was a lovely book to read and gave an interesting view of a man reflecting on the tree and his childhood home.