I have been meaning to find this picturebook ever since I saw it being shared by fellow bibliophiles and book bloggers. While not yet available in our public library, it is now in my institution’s library, upon my behest.
Written and Illustrated by Laura Carlin
Published by Phaidon Press (2014)
ISBN: 0714863629 (ISBN13: 9780714863627) Borrowed from the NIE Library. Book photos taken by me.
This book is a tribute to a child’s imagination, an invitation for readers to create a world with the solidity of actual foundations, but with a structure that is sprinkled with stars and make-believe. Think of an entire space that sells shoes for superheroes, for one…
… or factories whose physical shape resemble whatever it is they are producing:
It is evident that Laura Carlin had a lot of fun creating this picturebook that has an interactive quality to it. I would have to say, though that my favourite place in her entire neighbourhood would have to be the public library – since one will come out with not just books “but also toys, hair styles, and even voices!” How cool is that.
What I especially enjoyed was looking closely at the illustrations and finding so many visual puns within the page, such as an ape wearing a tutu, 131 kittens, or transportation made in the shape of your favourite animal. Nothing is too fantastical, yet everything seemed credible – like the notion of one fashioning a world out of clay. I also found her art very appealing, its deceptively-childlike strokes I felt, would resonate with young readers who undoubtedly would be very eager to start crafting a world of their own after reading this book.
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