Jeffers, Oliver and Sam Winston. A Child of Books. Candlewick, 2016. $17.99. 40p. ISBN 9780763690779. Ages 6+. P5Q10
“I am a child of books.” Thus begins a collaboration over five years in the making. The plot is simple: a girl sails “across a sea of words” to visit a boy at his house and then invites him on an adventure where they travel through “forests of fairy tales” and “across mountains of make-believe” to “sleep in clouds of song.” The creators use 40 classic books and lullabies for children for the landscapes made from texts set in typography and cursive, accompanied by watercolor, pencil, and digital collage. The ship sails on lines from Treasure Island, and Snow White and Rose Red form the leaves of the forest. Mr. Toad rides in his car, the Cheshire Cat hides behind a smile, etc. Reading the book, however, requires an extensive background of children’s tales.
Fall 2016 review by Nel Ward.