By: Armin Greder
Genre: YBC - Picture books
Published by: A & U Children
Published: 3 Aug 2021
ISBN: 9781760526788


'All this will soon be yours, respect what I have built and make it prosper.'

These are the last words of the old industrialist before dying. While the three brothers discuss how to fulfil their father's wishes, the sister lists for them the disastrous consequences that would follow: disease; marine pollution; deforestation; the destruction of the landscape; pollution of skies and rivers…

The Inheritance tells of the greed of those who hold economic power, and reminds us that silence and inaction amount to complicity. With minimal text, this powerful story is told primarily through Armin Greder's distinctive illustrations that challenge the reader to question the status quo and fight for the future.

Powerful storytelling from the internationally acclaimed, award-winning creator of The Island, The Mediterranean and Diamonds.

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The Inheritance is a moving illustrated story, a call to arms to challenge the status quo and do more for the environment.

When three brothers are left the keys to their industrial family business, they take no time to pause and think about their impact on the world. With little care for the future, or the future of their children, their greed is the only thing on display.

In an interesting and thought provoking take on the environmental challenges we face today, The Inheritance visualises a potential future that is bleak, but could fast become a reality. It highlights how ignorance, complacency and greed from those in positions of economic power can have enormous consequences for the environment, and challenges the reader to take action.

With Armin Greder’s always stunning illustrations, this book will be a great asset to discussions around climate change and the environment. Due to the dark and mature nature of the illustrations, it is best suited to readers aged 13+.

Reviewed by Ben