A beautiful picture book about the power and magic of books.
Interest level: probably more adults; Reading level: 6.0
4 out of 5 stars
The text and illustrations of this book are a loving tribute to the wonder of written stories. The pages start as plain white with black text. The reader is told
This is a book.
Black words. On white paper.
No bonus levels.
Not a single sound, in fact.
It’s the most quiet, ordinary
thing that could be
until you learn to look closer
As the text on the page gets larger the reader can eventually see that each letter that was originally plain black is actually made up of beautiful storybook images.
The main character is a boy who climbs a ladder down into the fantasy world of the book where he explores all the possibility and comfort of reading. As the time comes for the child to return to the real world, we are reminded not to be sad that we have to leave the magical world of reading because we “can come back as often as you wish.”
I felt that while some children might be able to appreciate this beautiful book, the higher reading level and formal language geared it to older readers.
Where imagination scrapes the skies of opportunity, the forests of what-could-be stretch beyond the horizon, and the friends of fact and fiction make believe all night long under the milky stars of possibility.
This would make a wonderful gift for a teacher, librarian, or any bibliophile. The illustrations are stunning and perfect for the fantastical tone of the text.
by David Miles; illustrations by Natalie Hoopes