Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “One Photo” as Want to Read:
One Photo
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

One Photo

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  13 reviews
From Ross Watkins, the illustrator of The Boy Who Grew Into a Tree, and Liz Anelli, comes this moving picture book about family, the failings of memory and the strength of love. Told in stunning prose, with poignant artwork, this book is a celebration of what we hold dearest.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 29th 2016 by Penguin

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.26  · 
Rating details
 ·  42 ratings  ·  13 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of One Photo
Kylie Purdie
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cbc-2017, 2017-reads
This has been shortlisted for the Australian Children's Book Council Picture Book of the Year.

A look at early onset Alzheimer's or dementia through the eyes of a child. Dad gets an old film camera and starts taking pictures - not of people, but things. Ross Watkins shows how when things like this are happening in a child's life, they pick up things without understanding the whole.
Dad started doing more funny things, like putting things that belonged in the fridge in the cupboard, and things t
Tim Riley
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It might seem at first that this review falls into dangerous territory through my prior knowledge of Ross, and that I am biased due to studying under him at USC. Though he was a mentor, one of the two that had possibly the greatest influence on my own work during my time spent on campus, the rating is based entirely on the work that Ross and Liz have achieved here.

At once moving, and confronting - the work stands as a bold conversation starter between parent and child. A difficult subject, handl
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
last on my day-long picture book rampage is this interesting idea for a picture book, exploring alzheimers through the eyes of the little son of the patient. to be honest, I would have never even thought of this idea, but it was a good read and the pictures had a quirky kind of style that I really liked! I think it's really important little kids have at least some knowledge about things like alzheimers and aren't completely left in the dark when a family member or friend is affected (I can only ...more
Miss Jenny
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This review originally published on my website: Miss Jenny's Classroom

This story is about a family of three (mother, father and son) but focuses on the father. He takes photos of “odd” things according to his family and he is becoming increasingly forgetful. The mother and especially the son feel frustrated that he will take photos of those things but not him/the family. And then he is gone.

When I first collected this book from the library it was the illustrations that drew me in. Don’t get me w
Shane Harcombe
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Megan Liwanag
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think it's a good book. I liked the way they did the illustrations. At first when I was reading this, I was trying to wonder where the storyline was going. Then, nearing to the end, it just changes. A major plot twist happens and it leaves you stuck. It may have only been a few pages, but it's one of the best picture books I have read.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ru2019challenge
Really touching
Byron Bibliotherapy
Mature, gorgeous handling of topic of dementia. Would suit older Primary & early High School, and is of the same quality as that classic for younger years, Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge. ...more
Kesta Fleming
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A poignant story told through the eyes of a boy as his family changes due to the early onset Alzheimers in his father. Dad's takes up photography and starts to collect a myriad of photos capturing his days and interests, but none of his wife and son. Understanding comes to the boy, and the reader, at the end. This is a quite extraordinary story that makes a significant contribution to children's literature that explores the heartbreak of memory loss on families
One Photo by Ross Watkins and Illustrated by Liz Anelli is a beautiful and poignant picture book about memory, families, life and loss.

I love children's picture books. Absolutely adore them and I'm so slowly growing quite the collection, but One Photo was the first picture book that has ever moved me to tears. And not a slow trickle either, by the end of this book I was crying, full on proper crying. That's the power of this book.

Told through the perspective of a child, One Photo is the story of
rated it really liked it
Dec 30, 2017
Josh Wildie
rated it it was amazing
Sep 07, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Aug 05, 2019
Jill Corcoran
rated it it was amazing
Apr 06, 2017
rated it really liked it
Nov 04, 2018
rated it liked it
Jul 16, 2018
rated it liked it
Sep 20, 2017
rated it it was amazing
Aug 04, 2017
rated it really liked it
Oct 15, 2017
Renae Nae
rated it it was amazing
Aug 20, 2017
rated it it was ok
Apr 15, 2017
rated it really liked it
Jan 16, 2019
rated it it was amazing
Aug 05, 2017
rated it it was amazing
Jul 26, 2018
Tash Turgoose
rated it it was amazing
Apr 18, 2017
Emil Joseph
rated it liked it
May 16, 2018
rated it it was amazing
Apr 09, 2017
Sharlene Evans
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Felt moved just skimming this book in store and cried when reading at home. Loving memories of one lost through dementia, this story captured the struggles of bystanders beautifully. Illustrations that lost colour as memories deminish ... just beautiful!
rated it liked it
Aug 30, 2016
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Bear Came Along
  • The Proudest Blue
  • Cicada
  • Pearl Verses the World
  • Unbecoming
  • No One Likes a Fart
  • Let's Go for a Drive! (Elephant & Piggie, #18)
  • Starting School
  • The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz, #2)
  • Sofia Valdez, Future Prez
  • The wonderful wisdom of ants
  • Top Koala
  • The Tomorrow Book
  • You Choose 10: In the Realm of Dragons
  • King of the Castle
  • Bush Bash
  • If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur
  • Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas
See similar books…

News & Interviews

Last year, Buzzfeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen struck a chord with her viral article “How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation.”...
93 likes · 16 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »