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A beautiful, poignant and timely manifesto for the myriad rewards of reading and sharing the enjoyment of stories.

Winner of the prestigious international Bologna Ragazzi Award for Fiction 2017

From New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers, creator of The Day the Crayons Quit and Lost and Found, and typographical artist Sam Winston comes an exceptional new picture book.

In this inspiring, lyrical tale about the rewards of reading and sharing stories, a little girl sails her raft "across a sea of words" to arrive at the house of a small boy. There she invites him to come away with her on an adventure. Guided by his new friend, the boy unlocks his imagination and a lifetime of magic lies ahead of him... But who will be next? Elegant illustrations by Oliver Jeffers are accompanied by Sam Winston's astonishing typographical landscapes, beautifully shaped from excerpts of children's classics including Treasure Island, Little Women and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, creating a gorgeous gift book perfect for readers of all ages, and this year's must-have Christmas gift.

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20th December '16
I read it to PHanke aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
This gorgeous book is a beautiful story to read with little ones.  The illustrations are stunning, and the story is magical!  One we will read again and again and never tire of; can definitely recommend!
9th January '17
I read it to Little Miss A aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This is a really lovely book that I have throughly enjoyed reading with my 4 year old daughter.  The words were really beautiful and kept my daughter engaged throughout.  She loved looking at the illustrations too and there was plenty to talk about as well as get her imagination going.  It really is a gorgeous book to add to any little one's home library and I can see us enjoying it for a long time to come.
21st December '16
I read it to dani aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This is a magical book that my daughter and I both enjoyed. A girl, the child of books, meets a boy and takes him on many adventures. These adventures are all possible through the power of books, including hers. Text from classic children's literature makes up much of the illustrations, furthering the idea of the magic of words. The actual text of the story is short and simple, which surprisingly adds to the magic of the story. It is so clear that the magic comes from the imagination of the reader, even though it's never explicitly said. It's a soothing story that is appropriate from infancy. Yet it works with older children, including independent readers. It has given me ideas for new books to look into. In all, a perfect story for bookworms and their children.
29th August '18
I read it to Y1 aged 5 to 6
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5 stars
A stunning book exploring the journey of a young girl and the different ways she travels through, over and around various words. Transforming from a plain black and white colour to a delightful blue as she is exposed to a variety of different words and sentences from various fantasy stories. Finding friends along the way and facing many challenges you are intrigued to follow every step she takes. Every time I read this with children they find something new, something we didn't see the first time we read it. I love the way the illustrations are created by the words from different stories and as an adult it brings back old memories of reading the original stories. A wonderful and poignant book I would recommend for all ages! 
4th February '17
I read it to Agnes aged 5 aged 5 & to Reuben aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
This is a really lovely book. We really enjoy Oliver Jeffer's books, so we were excited to get our copy of this one. We love that there are stories on so many levels, which is really enthralling and inspiring for our five year old book lover. The illustrations are lovely and all based on words and more stories. A lovely book for bedtime reading and for encouraging a love a books. 

This is one of our favourites. 
29th September '16
I read it to Amelie aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This beautiful book follows a girl taking a boy on an adventure to discover the beauty of stories and books.  They climb over mountains and search through caves.  
This truly stunning book is a piece of art that can be appreciated by both adult and child.  The images are made up of Oliver Jeffers recognisable style and Sam Winston's clever use of lettering and words, the words are taken from classic children's books to make up the mountains, clouds and so much more.  It's so clever.  My daughter took more from this than I expected "mummy, look the boy is now looking at the words and smiling".
I think my daughters appreciation for this book will change as she grows and understands it from different perspectives.
Beautiful!
29th December '16
I read it to Mollym aged 5 aged 5 & to Alicem aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This is a truly magical book highlighting how wonderful books can be for children. The story is of a little girl who takes a little boy on an adventure to discover what magics stories so important for all. My little girl loved this book but as it was her teachers favourite author she gave it to her 
29th December '16
I read it to Lottie12 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Lottie absolutely loved this book. The story is brilliant and the illustrations are amazing. I have to say I think this is my favourite children's book this year (2016). I brought this book for her for Christmas, as I saw the books illustrations on display in Waterstones Piccadilly Circus, London and fell in love with them. 
1st October '16
I read it to Samuel aged 10 months aged 0
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5 stars
A Child of Books is a glorious celebration of reading. It delights in the power of books to transport and transform us; books take us out of ourselves and away from the everyday. The story follows a young girl who is an avid reader. She sets sail on a 'sea of words' and arrives at the house of a small, unhappy boy. Together, they embark on an adventure, travelling over 'mountains of make-believe' and through 'forests of fairy tales', before sleeping in 'clouds of song'. This journey opens the boy's eyes to the exciting, liberating possibilities offered by imagination and invention.

Sam Winston has produced innovative, unique backgrounds for Oliver Jeffers's story and illustrations. Winston has used excerpts of classic children's books to create amazing typographical landscapes: a treasure cave is made by arching and overlapping extracts from Treasure Island; a monster from the text of Frankenstein and Dracula; the rope used by the children to escape from a tower is a line from Rapunzel; and the waves they sail across are formed using excerpts from the great sea stories. There's so much to look at and it's fun identifying the classic children's book from its excerpt or illustration.

The beautiful, inspiring message at the core of A Child of Books is that we are shaped by the stories we read. We are made from stories. Our reading informs our childhood identities and we thereby become a 'child of books'. What a wonderful, magical thought to share with our children as we read together. It's a message that resonates very strongly with me because, as a child and now as an adult, I see a lot of the world through the books that I've read. They have given me a pool of reading memories and experiences on which to draw.
25th September '18
I read it to ElijahG aged 5 aged 5
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3 stars
I love Oliver Jeffers and I love lyrical stories like this but honestly this just didn’t quite work for me or my 5yr old!  It’s a beautiful book though.  
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About Sam Winston

Oliver Jeffers is an artist whose work ranges from figurative painting and installation to illustration. His picture books include Lost and Found, How to Catch a Star, This Moose Belongs to Me and The Day the Crayons Quit, all of which have been translated into over 30 languages worldwide. Oliver's talent has been recognized by several high-profile awards, i...

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About Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers Biography
Oliver Jeffers is a Northern Irish illustrator and writer whose hand writing itself is as distinctive as his style: encompassing childhood creativity and imagination. Oliver’s works seem to emerge straight out of a lost part of us, one we see in our children and want to nurture. From his quirky illustrative work such as [u...

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About Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers Biography
Oliver Jeffers is a Northern Irish illustrator and writer whose hand writing itself is as distinctive as his style: encompassing childhood creativity and imagination. Oliver’s works seem to emerge straight out of a lost part of us, one we see in o...

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About Sam Winston

Oliver Jeffers is an artist whose work ranges from figurative painting and installation to illustration. His picture books include Lost and Found, How to Catch a Star, This Moose Belongs to Me and The Day the Crayons Quit, all of which have been translated into over 30 languages...

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