I love just about everything from Oliver Jeffers that I’ve gotten my hands on. (The Day the Crayons Quit is probably my favourite.) His illustrations are unique and his stories are fun and whimsical and often hilarious. His most recent book, a collaboration with the artist Sam Winston doesn’t disappoint. While A Child of Books definitely leans more to whimsy than hilarity, it retains that Jeffers charm, as well as showing off Winston’s talents.
The story is short and simple – a girl floats away on a sea of stories and convinces a boy to journey with her through words and tales. The art combines pictures and words – words lifted right out of famous children’s stories. Each page is fascinating to look at and while young children might not recognize the opening pages of Peter Pan it can still offer a great jumping off point into some of those bigger novels.
I think this book is a great edition to the library of any book-loving child.