Mizuto and the Wind – A CBCA Notable Book 2024

Mizuto and the Wind – A CBCA Notable Book 2024

Mizuto is a young boy living an ordinary life in Japan until one day, something extraordinary happens.

Following a deadly tsunami, Mizuto’s father is missing.

Could a mysterious telephone connected only to the wind help him find his father?

Inspired by real events, Mizuto and the Wind is a story about the forces of nature, grief, family, and the importance of hope.



CBCA Notable Picture Book 2024

'Mizuto and the Wind' has been awarded a Notable in the 2024 Children's Book Council of Australia Book Awards in the Picture Book Category.


‘Baillie’s story is moving and heartfelt’
‘Gioffre-Suzuki’s illustrations…create an absorbing world, meditatively and lovingly depicting coastal Japan and conveying both Mizuto’s roiling turmoil after the loss of his father and also the regenerative calm that begins to emerge as he and his mother begin to heal.’

- Books+Publishing reviewer: Anica Boulanger-Mashberg

‘There are times when a picture book reaches into the heart of the reader. Mizuto and the Wind written by Kaye Baillie is one such book.’ ‘The spectacular illustrations by Luisa Gioffre-Suzuki add drama and meaning to the powerful words.’

- Kathryn Beilby: ReadPlus

‘..a moving and empowering depiction of the ways in which we can deal with loss.’
‘It makes an endearing connection between the natural world and the cycles of life.’

- Dr Lara Cain Gray, Head of Acquisitions at Library For All.

‘It is the voice of hope resounding louder than the sadness in this book that makes the whole experience a transformative joy.
…illustrations elevate Mizuto’s story to what surely will be an award-winning classic.’

- Author Dimity Powell, Dim's Write Stuff

‘A really beautiful and moving picture book which offers hope and connection. Highly recommended.’

- Megan Daley, Teacher/librarian, Your Kid's Next Read Podcast Episode 115

‘…a moving and powerful story that tenderly explores the forces of nature, family connection, the power of imagination and glimmers of hope that may exist amidst all-consuming grief.’

- Reading Opens Doors

‘An inspirational and touching picture book based on the true story of a telephone box in a Japanese garden…
..a sensitive and compassionate book that can give hope and comfort to children, and adults, grieving the loss of a loved one or pet.’

- Stef Gemmill, CBCA Vic Branch Member

Book Details

Illustrator Luisa Gioffre-Suzuki
Publisher MidnightSun Publishing
ISBN 9781922858023
Page Extent 32 pages
Reading Age 4+

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