A little girl sails her raft across a sea of words, arriving at the house of a small boy and calling him away on an adventure. Read more...
A little girl sails her raft across a sea of words, arriving at the house of a small boy and calling him away on an adventure. Through forests of fairy tales and across mountains of make-believe, the two travel together on a fantastical journey that unlocks the boy's imagination. Now a lifetime of magic and adventure lies ahead of him . . . but who will be next? Combining elegant images by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston's typographical landscapes shaped from excerpts of children's classics and lullabies, A Child of Books is a stunning prose poem on the rewards of reading and sharing stories--an immersive and unforgettable reading experience that readers will want to pass on to others.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-07-04
- Reviewer: Staff
Jeffers (The Day the Crayons Quit) writes the text for this hymn to the power of imagination, and he and typographic artist Winston collaborate on the spreads, in which Jeffers’s witty pen-and-ink drawings meet Winston’s manipulated blocks of type, composed of passages from children’s classics. “I am a child of books,” a straight-haired girl says; she’s sitting on a raft, dangling her feet in a river of Winston’s tiny letters. “I come from a world of stories/ and upon my imagination/ I float.” A page turn reveals the raft sailing across an ocean of Winston’s word waves. Boldface titles buried within the words reveal their sources—The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle, Treasure Island, and others. Together with a boy in striped shorts, the girl journeys to a cave, forest, and outer space, each scene enhanced with Winston’s altered text, as when the passages from Frankenstein create the dense fur of a monster marauding a castle. Though more an artist’s creation than a children’s story, the energy of the images bursts from the pages, “for imagination is free,” Jeffers concludes. All ages. Agent: Paul Moreton, Bell Lomax Moreton Agency. (Sept.)