If you found the best book in the world, would you stop reading? Could you stop reading? If you had homework to do, or dinner to get through, could you put the book down? On a train to the zoo or on a flight to Kalamazoo, would that break the spell? If in a forest you walked, while scary monsters stalked .Read more...
If you found the best book in the world, would you stop reading? Could you stop reading? If you had homework to do, or dinner to get through, could you put the book down? On a train to the zoo or on a flight to Kalamazoo, would that break the spell? If in a forest you walked, while scary monsters stalked . . . would that be enough? If you'd crossed a desert that baked or were swept off by a river that snaked, would you even take a break? If every animal in the land were to be led by a big band, in a grand parade in your honor made . . . would you put the book down?
What could possibly be so good about a book? Well, open me up and find out for yourself
Rilla Alexander's story is conveyed through her superb artwork making this an unforgettable and magical tale that encourages children to read. "The Best Book in the World" draws young readers into the richly rewarding world of books.
Rilla Alexander is an Australian-born, Berlin-based designer and illustrator who has worked on picture books and produced work for global commercial brands. "The Best Book in the World" is her first picture book with Flying Eye Books.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-05-12
- Reviewer: Staff
Designer/illustrator Alexander sets expectations high with an eye-catching cover and a title that promises a lot. Said title doesn’t actually have much to do with the content of her story, though, an ode to the power of books. While there isn’t much to the storyline—it follows a book-loving girl on the adventures reading takes her—Alexander’s artwork lives up to the hyperbole of the title. Colored in bold primary reds, yellows, and blues, her blocky, pared-down images have the feel of linoprints (and call to mind Dan Yaccarino’s work in Doug Unplugged). “Read along. Read aloud. Or in your head,” writes Alexander as she shows the pigtailed girl with her nose buried in a book while hitching rides on a crowded city and a rolling travel bag. From there, the girl goes skydiving, crosses a sunbaked desert (where, in addition to being an immersive read, her book provides helpful shade), and ventures into the belly of a sleeping dragon, before retiring to bed. The somewhat generic, rah-rah prose (“Page by page you’re carried away”) pales next to the imagination evident in the artwork. Ages 3–7. (July)