A Child of Books (Hardcover)

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“A Child of Books” perfectly encapsulates the power of stories to transport and transform, to inspire and comfort anyone and everyone. We are all children of books, the accumulation of all the stories we read and hear and collect in our lifetime.

Children and adults will read this book over and over, always to discover something new: intricate, typographical illustrations feature classic children’s stories and fairy tales. The characters move through “forests of fairy tales” and “mountains of make-believe.” Really, it is impossible to describe how beautiful and moving this book is. You’ll just have to see for yourself.

— From Book reviews: Kids books expand mind, heart

This gorgeous picture book is the perfect gift from a lover of books to create a lover of books. Beautifully illustrated using text from classic literature, this is a must-have.

-Recommended by Kim

— From December 2016 Staff Picks for Young Readers


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.

About the Author

Oliver Jeffers is the author-illustrator of many books for children, including Once Upon an Alphabet, which won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and Lost and Found, which was a Nestlé Children's Book Prize Gold Medal winner. He is also the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Day the Crayons Quit and its follow-up, The Day the Crayons Came Home, both written by Drew Daywalt. Oliver Jeffers lives in Brooklyn. Sam Winston is a fine artist whose work has been featured in many special collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, the Tate Galleries in London, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He works and lives in London.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780763690779
ISBN-10: 0763690775
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Pages: 40
Language: English