Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
A Child of Books

A Child of Books

Fall 2016 Picture Books
Ages: All Ages
Author: Oliver Jeffers
Illustrator: Sam Winston
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 9780763690779
Hardcover Price: $17.99

In this striking collaboration between artists Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston, words from lullabies and classics of children's literature (and images of weathered tomes) serve as material for an inspired visualization of literary make-believe. The mixed-media, typographical illustrations invite lengthy perusal; the simple, evocative text is infused with a sense of adventure and discovery. It is given voice by a young narrator, a "child of books" who sails across an ocean of words to find a friend (a stand-in for readers) to be her companion on a journey of the imagination-into outer space, on "clouds of song," through spooky caves, castles, and "forests of fairy tales"-a journey that need never end as long as there are books. A creative masterpiece, not only for children, but for adults who remember the bliss of traveling far and wide through the pages of their childhood.

Lynne Heffley   ©2016 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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