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A Child of Books

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Every one of its elements--the haunting prose poem executed in hand- lettered words; the pictures done in watercolor, pencil, and digital collage; and the objects built from words borrowed from classic stories--all work together toward a richly harmonious whole. There was just the right amount of choice to suit everyone without being overwhelming and I received comments from parents and staff about the quality of books offered compared to previous sales which have always been based around current crazes and well known celebrity authors.It means, that rather like the intricacies of a pop up book such as My First Pop-Up Mythological Monsters, Sam Winston and Oliver Jeffers engineer us . The story is delightful, but looking for words from well known classics which form the pictures is also fun (eg words from Shelley's Frankenstein form the monster) A celebration of the imagination that knows no boundaries.

This experience has been fantastic primarily for the children, the school and also for me (professionally). Yourself and Bob are much cherished in our booky world and I personally really appreciate everything that you do.

I was at my last school for 4 years and we had ********* book fairs every term – and every term, I was disappointed by the narrow range of books. In 2013, Jeffers illustrated the vinyl cover (a drawing of Nelson Mandela) for the U2 song "Ordinary Love". Interesting detailed drawings that could be great conversation starters for younger children, but I think this treasure is the PERFECT gift for the older (teen and up) book lover.

My daughter may not have loved it quite so much but it had provoked thought - I suspect she will continue to be intrigued by it. Jeffers and Winston's first collaboration is a celebration of the child's world, illustrated in sumptuous double-page spreads featuring explosions of images borrowed from unforgettable sources.

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. C., MoMA NYC and Stanford University, among many others, all hold his artist’s books in their permanent collections. His first picture book - A Child of Books - reached number five on the New York Times bestsellers list and won the Bologna Ragazzi award as well as being shortlisted for The Irish Book of the year award and the Good Reads readers choice award.

Jeffers and Winston's mixed-media artwork, an inventive combination of watercolor, pencil, and digital collage, elicits strong notice from readers. I haven't charted out my visits for the summer term, but I'm sure there are several in the south) and thanks so much for being so fantastic!Of course adults can sit down with kids to explain this but I don't think it's a book that a child will appreciate as much as the adult. Therefore, we step aboard, to watch as we embark, to realise the substance and meaning of our route and then the parts that might be included on our travels. Furthermore, we offer that this glorious book of such strength and originality, is an ideal gift for readers of all ages.

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