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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Review: Imagine a City

Imagine a city where buses are fish, where suit-wearing bears ride bicycles, and where lions read books. Imagine a city where paintings pop from their frames, children ride magic carpets and the past blends with the future.

Elise Hurst has captured such a city--and more--in this stunning cloth-bound book. Featuring minimal text, the story takes readers on a train to a magical world of topsy-turvy wonder, and asks the reader to ponder and explore the essence of possibilty.

Black and white, cross hatched illustrations are breathtaking in their detail, and hark back to a time when classic illustrations and bookplates were the hallmark of children's literature. But Hurst has magically brought these very traditional renderings into a timeless state with her whimsical imaginings of anthropomorphic characters, fantastically futuristic flying fish, and reminders of an ancient past--from the Phoenicians to the dinosaurs. Blending architectural structures of past and future--even dinosaur skeletons with flying pterodactyls--makes this book a truly astonishing visual treat.

One for collectors, yes, but also one for reminding children that the past, present and future are linked in ways we cannot even imagine, and that by holding possibility in the palm of our hands, the world can hold wonders we never thought possible.

Title: Imagine a City

Author/Illustrator: Elise Hurst
Publisher: Scholastic, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 June 2014
Format: Hard cover, cloth bound
ISBN: 9781742990095
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book

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