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Sunday 16 November 2014

Review: A World of Your Own

Meet Laura.

She really hates standing in lines (who doesn't?!).

Laura loves to create her own world, so her lines aren't queues, no no. They are swirling curling slides. They are people walking along a path. They are whatever she chooses them to be.

Like her own house. It might look pretty boring in real life, but she can make it anything she wants it to be. She can add curly slides, bigger windows. A swimming pool on the roof. And she can sit it at the tippety top of a palm tree.

I want to live in that house!

She can also change up her neighbourhood. For example, her local office supplies store can sell ... super shoes! (For superheroes, of course.) She can make pencil factories look like a tall pencil. Or spaghetti factories look like curling strands of spaghetti.

Laura can do anything, because she creates a world of her own.

Kids will adore this book. Delightfully kooky, childlike drawings and familiar text (that feels like Laura's popped around for a glass of lemonade and a chat) is enchanting to flip through, and makes the reader pine for their own chunky scrapbook to get busy with--creating their own whimsical world of wonder.

Ideal for expanding the tightly-wound minds of electronically-bound kids (and adults!), this is a book of loose, free, open imaginative play, combining illustration with photos with text in a way that's truly magical.

Title: A World of Your Own
Author/Illustrator: Laura Carlin
Publisher: Phaidon, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: 24 September 2014
Format: Hard cover with dust jacket
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book