"An inspiring and lyrical picture book about a little girl who sails her raft 'across a sea of words' to arrive at the house of a small boy. There 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?"
Hands up if you love Oliver Jeffers! All the fans in the house?! This one is so for you!
I've yet to come across a Jeffers book that isn't beautiful, and A Child of Books is no exception. This one almost feels like a companion to The Incredible Book Eating Boy, which is still one of our favourites (and looking a little worse for wear these days). From the gold foil on the cover, to the stylised mixed media illustrations, this book is puuurdy through and through.
Of course, full credit cannot go solely to Jeffers, who collaborated with typographical artist Sam Winston for this beautiful title. How good is this paring? The book shadowing on the cover image alone is perfection. The excerpts of text, taken from some of the most classic in children's literature provide the kind of detail that makes my inner book nerd squirm with happy.
Of course, I'm always gonna be a fan of books that celebrate reading, and I think this story fully encapsulates all the magic of the story universe. How sweet too, a story about sharing in the magic of reading. It served to remind me of how lucky I am, how lucky my kids are, to be surrounded by beautiful literature. Nothing is quite so delicious as being carried into another world by a piece of text, as my children know only too well.
Yay for books that celebrate that!
Hardback available now in all good bookstores.
Review copy kindly provided by Walker Books.