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A Child of Books

Author Oliver Jeffers

Illustrator Sam Winston

Publisher Walker Books

Genre Children's picture book

A poignant, beautiful book about the many rewards of reading and sharing the enjoyment of stories.

From Oliver Jeffers and artist, Sam Winston, comes an inspiring and lyrical picture book about a little girl who sails her raft ‘across a sea of words’ to arrive at the house of a small boy. There she invites him to come with her on a journey through ‘forests of fairy tales’, ‘across mountains of make-believe’ and ‘sleep in clouds of song’. Guided by his new friend, the boy unlocks his imagination and a lifetime of magic lies ahead of him… But who will be next?

Oliver’s elegant art is combined with Sam’s astonishing typographical landscapes — beautifully shaped from excerpts of children’s classics and lullabies — to create a celebration of all that books can do and all that books can become, and to encourage readers of all ages to have an immersive and unforgettable reading experience that they will want to pass on to others.

Features typographic art from much-loved classics including Treasure Island, Frankenstein, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Little Women, The Wind in the Willows, Black Beauty and Great Expectations.

For ages 3+


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 . Oliver’s talent has been recognised by several major awards, including the Irish Book of the Year and the Blue Peter Book of the Year; as well as shortlists for the British Book of the Year, the Roald Dahl Prize and the Kate Greenaway Medal. Born in Australia, Oliver was brought up in Northern Ireland and now lives and works in New York.
Sam Winston is a fine artist who exhibits internationally and whose books can be found in many special collections worldwide, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Research Institute, the Tate Gallery London, and the V&A Museum. His work is also collected by the Library of Congress and commissioned by the New York Times.

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