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  • Published: 5 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9781448188376
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 32

Nara and the Island

Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2017. When your home is so small it's impossible to lose anything, sometimes you dream of a place where you can get lost.

Nara lives with her father on a tiny island and dreams of visiting the island across the waves. So when she gets the opportunity to visit the mysterious island, an amazing adventure unfolds. This stunning story is the debut of exciting author-illustrator talent Dan Ungureanu.

  • Published: 5 May 2016
  • ISBN: 9781448188376
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 32

About the author

Dan Ungureanu

Dan always loved drawing. Before he went to school he was already having art lessons, so he learnt to draw before he learnt to read. He studied in his native Romania and went on to be a concept artist for animation companies and illustrated a book of poetry for children. He is a recent graduate from the prestigious MA in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. Nara and the Island is his author-illustrator debut, for which he was a Runner-up in the V&A Illustration Award in 2015.

Praise for Nara and the Island

With just the lightest touch of the fantastical, the quiet tone and language combine with the broad-brushed, sun-washed illustrations to create a dreamy, magical essence to this story of personal discovery.


A magic-tinged story about finding unexpected connections... The muted palette, smudgy line work, and somewhat unexplained nature of Nara’s situation add up to a haunting, slightly surreal story that speaks to the rewards of both independence and companionship.

Publishers Weekly

Ungureanu's illustrations are... reminiscent of Maurice Sendak's work, adding to the book's overall nostalgic and somewhat otherworldly feel.


A heartening story about exploration, bravery, and making new friends.


A wonderful story all about longing for adventure and friendship

Early Years Educator

Ungureanu’s debut picture book shows the beauty of island living through the eyes of a child... A charming addition for one-on-one and small group sharing that offers plenty to talk, think, and write about.

School Library Journal

In the hands of a creative practitioner this fable-like story with its layers of meaning and inconclusive ending could become a very worthwhile resource for discussion and imaginative writing.



The School Librarian

An adorable story... about growing up and wanting to flee the nest

Jen Campbell, author and Youtuber

Nara and the Island is a powerful picture book conveying the importance of reaching out, of not being insular, and of others' perspectives. The beautiful sun-kissed colours and luscious depictions of flora and fauna might belong to an imaginary world, but this tale nonetheless carries a very significant message of togetherness.

Library Mice

A thoughtful story of friendship, imagination, exploration and discovery


Vividly romantic

Did You Ever Stop To Think blog

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