A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers
Published by Walker books
Oh my, what a treasure of a book, I declare I love it! The end papers are filled with classic children’s titles and their authors. The text of the story is simple and is conveyed in childlike writing with some words emphasized in capitals. Wait there’s more! The illustrations are mainly black and white but enhanced by shapes which are filled with extracts from the classic books. On one page a wave is shaped with the girl on her raft atop it. The wave is filled with passages form Gulliver’s travels, The Swiss Family Robinson, The adventures Of Pinocchio and 20 000 Leagues under the Sea.
The main character is a girl who sails her raft across a sea of words and arrives at a boys house. Off they venture into a world of stories.
If you haven’t guessed already, I love, love, absolutely love this book. Read it and ponder on what the power of the story does for you.
I would recommend this novel for 11-14 year olds. As an adult, I also enjoyed the novel and taking in a small taste of Chinese history.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Oliver Jeffers
Illustrator: Sam Winston
Title: A Child of Books
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: September 2016