Rory’s Room Of Rectangles by Ian Eagleton. illustrated by Jessica Knight

Publication Date: 18 May 2023

The Blurb

Rory loves his Dad, but he also really likes his Step-dad, Tony. He has weekends with Dad in the park and makes imaginary dens with Tony, so when Father’s Day comes, who should he make his card for at school?

Spotting his frustration, Tony spends his “rainy-day pennies” to take Rory somewhere new – an art gallery, full of wonders. As they pause to reflect in a huge room of rectangles, Rory sees his conflicting feelings glistening back at him in many powerful colours. Afterwards, a “chance” encounter with Dad, under a red sky, helps Rory realise that he doesn’t have to feel torn at all.

The Review

Emotionally charged, Rory is reflective of so many families and relatable to many of our children. Seeing him struggle with a day that is hyped up and down the high street, in supermarkets and online, is a timely reminder that not all children will find making that card in class an easy task purely because they don’t want to upset anyone.

Ian’s heartfelt words are paired perfectly with Jessica’s beautiful illustrations, made all the more alluring in the art gallery where each backdrop of paintings serves to set the emotional mood of each scene.

A perfect read for empathy that deserves a place in every school, with uses in PSHE, circle times and art, as well as a gorgeous read for pleasure.

Huge thanks to Owlet Press for sending me a copy, and inviting me to take part in the blog tour. Do make sure you check out all of the other stops.


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