Picture Book Review: Last: The Story of a White Rhino

Last by Nicola Davies

Last: the story of a white rhino
by Nicola Davies
4 out of 5 stars

A rhino is taken into captivity and kept in a zoo with other endangered species. He thinks he is the last of his kind, but when he is released and returns to his wild home, he discovers that there are others like himself.

This book was very emotional, told from the rhino’s perspective. You can feel the joy in his free and wild life with his herd family.

You feel the terrible loss when he is captured and separated from his mother, the boredom of the long days in the zoo, and his delight to be returned to his home. There is also the hope that brightens his heart when he finds other rhinos, and he is no longer alone.

The text is concise and powerful, using a few well-chosen words to tell a moving story. It is inspired by the true story of a Northern White Rhino called Sudan.

I liked the weird and wild illustrations. They are impressionistic and strange. Sometimes people’s faces are distorted, but I’m not sure if that is just sloppy art, or on purpose as if from an animal’s perspective. The art is definitely powerful and emotional. It adds a lot to the story.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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