A Child of Books

A Child of Books

Book - 2016
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New York Times best-selling author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers and fine artist Sam Winston deliver a lyrical picture book inspiring readers of all ages to create, to question, to explore, and to imagine.

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.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780763690779
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,illustrations (some colors)
Additional Contributors: Winston, Sam


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Jun 28, 2018

This book celebrates imagination and the love of stories. The art style is simple yet whimsical and it uses colour purposefully.
Note: Despite the fact that it's not a text-heavy book, it would be better appreciated by older children (7 & up ) because younger children won't understand the subtleties in the word art that adds layers of meaning to this book.

Jan 15, 2018

Elegantly captures the essence of all that's possible through books with gorgeous illustrations.

Mar 15, 2017

Our family loves Oliver Jeffers but this perhaps it's not one of his best books.

Oct 15, 2016

Very abstract thinking will make it hard for intended audience, the children, to grasp. Also I had to point out what the letters in books were trying to illustrate to my nephew. He understood that, but since he can't read it just looks like gibberish to him. Books that talk about reading more books don't really appeal to me.

This is a beautiful book about the power of stories. The words are warm and soothing and the art is a brilliant combination of layered written words and illustrations. This is one that parents and kids will both love and will be an frequently requested bedtime read.

ArapahoeMary Oct 07, 2016

Simply beautiful. Although I believe the story would be better appreciated by an elementary-aged child (or older). As an adult, I appreciate the artistry and beauty of the book.

ArapahoeKati Oct 04, 2016

I really, really wanted to like this...but I just didn't. It was creative, but it didn't do much for me.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Sep 13, 2016

A beautifully written, beautifully illustrated celebration of the power of books and storytelling. It's a short read, but really worth lingering over -- the artwork invites the reader to spend some time with each page, and it's well worth it. Lovely.

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