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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Review: Book

Morris Gleitzman once said, “Perhaps imagination is the greatest wilderness of all.” But in a world dazzled by the latest gadgets and mesmerized by the internet and video games, the humble book seems like the most ordinary thing that could be—until you learn to look closer … and closer … and closer … and you’re suddenly in a world that only you can imagine.

From the moment I heard about Book, I knew it would be something special.

With simple but stirring text, David Miles sends the reader into new lands of wilderness, new worlds of imagination, beyond the screen, encouraging the reader to look deep within their own imagination for entertainment and to appreciate a book and all it can inspire.

Book tells the story of a young boy’s earnest quest for truth, in a new world where passwords, viruses, and broken screens can’t stop him from stepping into a literary land of fact and fiction as far as his imagination will take him; where he is ‘free to fly, free to find and free to embrace.’

Natalie Hoopes’ soft storytelling and stunning, whimsical illustrations, brings Book to life. Each page is cleverly filled with wonderful detail which children will not only be drawn to but will spend hours finding the intricate images each with their own narrative. I love the clever use of different fonts, letters and words scattered across every page, also telling parallel stories as far as the imagination will allow.

I adore this story for its purpose. Book is simple and yet complex. Book gives children a fresh perspective. It is a celebration of literature and an invitation to discover once again why the humble book is anything but ordinary.

Title: Book
Author: David Miles
Illustrator: Natalie Hoopes
Publisher: Familius, RRP $ $24.99
Publication Date: 1 August 2015
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-1-939629-65-4
For ages: 3-7
Type: Picture Book

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