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A Child of Books

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Stunning art marks celebration of kids' classic literature.

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This visually stunning picture book melding fine art and literature is as much a keepsake book for older kids and a coffee table book for the young set as it is a story celebrating books and reading. One can imagine A Child of Books gaining cult status, with book- and art-loving fifth-graders slipping it out of their backpacks to share with like-minded friends. Author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers teamed up with fine artist Winston, who used printed text from classic children's books to create the settings and backgrounds traveled by the Jeffers-drawn characters. Younger kids can enjoy the story at face value, while older kids familiar with the classics will have fun noting how Winston worked with the texts thematically, using books about ocean journeys -- The Swiss Family Robinson and Kidnapped -- to create the sea and text from Frankenstein to make up his monster.

The endpapers list the numerous classics incorporated, ranging from novels such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Black Beauty to beloved fairy tales. This book may inspire kids to check out the classics and take their own imaginative journeys.

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