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Thursday 12 April 2012

Review: Carpet

I am Carpet. This is my story.

A carpet biography? A fascinating concept indeed. From its humble beginnings, being knotted together with little fingers, right through its many incarnations with many different people, this is a truly imaginative record of an inanimate object, with plenty of life and plenty of heart.

Meyer has created a story woven as beautifully as the richly-coloured carpet in her images. Originating in the 'orient', the carpet leaves Mr Cadry's shop and goes to live with Dr and Mrs Divine. There, the carpet experiences many a divine soirée including dinners, dances, births and . . . death.

When carpet finds itself dumped in an op shop, it can never image it will be coiled up and taken to a new home, to be embraced and adored and witness to water pistols and sparklers, and riddled with sand and watermelon juice.

Seasons came and went - until one day carpet finds itself outdoors - succumbing to nature and an entirely different type of new life.

This gorgeous book about the cycles of life through the eyes of an inanimate object is surprisingly emotional. Succinct and well-written, Meyer's truly beautiful illustrations combine a vibrant carpet with sketchy line drawings and incredible detail that are a delight to the eye.

I love the iconic Australianisms Meyer has added to this book - 'Vinnies' for the op-shop, watching 'telly', picnickers and protesters in the park.

Goosebumpelly. Lovely.

Title: Carpet
Author/Illustrator: Madeleine Meyer
Publisher: Windy Hollow, $25.99 RRP
Publication Date: March 2012
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781921136269
For ages: 
Type: Picture Book