Be prepared to fall madly in love with the most stunning celebration of books that you will ever read!
Ever since I first heard about A Child of Books I have been eagerly awaiting its release. It is the first collaboration between Oliver Jeffers and another artist, typographical fine artist Sam Winston. There have been a few teaser images, showing illustrations made up of text, and I knew I needed to have this book. It has just been released and it is absolutely stunning!
A Child of Books is about a little girl who sails her raft ‘across a sea of words’ to arrive at the house of a small boy. She invites him to come away with her on an adventure where they can journey through ‘forests of fairy tales’, ‘across mountains of make-believe’ and ‘sleep in clouds of song’. Guided by his new friend, the boy unlocks his imagination and a lifetime of magic lies ahead of him… But who will be next?
A Child of Books is a celebration of stories, books and reading, that you will want to read again and again. It’s one of those books that you will find something new in each time you read it. You might notice a line from a book that you missed the last time or note the significance of a particular line of text. I want to take this book everywhere with me and show it to everyone I meet. However, I also want to take the book apart and have the pages on the walls of my house and my school library to look at every day.
Oliver Jeffers’ characteristic illustrations and hand drawn text that I already love is combined with Sam’s astonishing typographical landscapes that I couldn’t get enough of. Sam has taken excerpts from classic children’s stories and nursery rhymes, from Treasure Island to Alice and Wonderland, and shaped them into stunning creations. There is an ocean made from castaway stories and clouds made from lullabies.
If I ever doubt why I do what I do all I need to do is open this book. If anyone questions the validity of libraries and librarians all I need to do is put this book in their hands. A Child of Books is my picture book of the year and it will always have a special place in my heart.
Buy this book for your collection and share it with everyone in your life.