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- author Jackie French

Tuesday 31 August 2010

Review: Over the Rainbow

Title: Over the Rainbow

Author: Music by Harold Arlen, Lyrics by E Y Harburg

Illustrator: Eric Puybaret, Sung by Judy Collins

Publisher: Koala Books, A$26.99RRP

Format: Hard cover with audio CD

ISBN: 9780864619341

For ages: 3-7

Type: Picture Book with Audio

About: A timeless classic, one of the world’s most beautiful songs has been immortalised once again – this time in a stunning picture book for children. This hard cover book with audio CD is a breathtaking visual and aural feast.

With glorious illustrations by artist Eric Puybaret, the songs lyrics are printed across dreamlike double page spreads featuring a waif-like girl, the moon and the stars, cities in the clouds, and of course – rainbows.

The pictures in this book are truly mesmerizing. Dark, quirky, imaginative, their inherent magical qualities are reminiscent of Shaun Tan’s work. Using beautiful colours and movement, the paintings perfectly encapture the soundtrack, performed by singer/song writer and author, Judy Collins, who first remembers seeing the Wizard of Oz at the cinema as a little girl.

Recently enjoying a trip to the top 10 on the Children's List of the New York Times Best Seller List, Over the Rainbow is a must-have book for anyone who loves beautiful music, books, art or heartfelt magic.

Try to read it without voice quavering and eyes tearing and goosebumps tingling. I’m really not sure it’s possible.

Oh, wait ‘til you see those blue birds. It’s love.

Head here for a wonderful glimpse at Judy Collins singing The Song (among others).