There’s no room for false modesty in this vibrant picture book that boldly states its intent from the outset. This is, quite simply, The Best Book In The World. And who are we to argue?
Written from the perspective of a young child taking her first steps on a literary journey through the pages of a book, this vibrant picture book perfectly captures the richly rewarding world of books.
As our heroine discovers the delights of reading in all its splendour, she is so totally lost in her own world that she barely notices the hustle and bustle of city life going on around her.
The wonder of words and the brilliance of books is at the heart of this inspired ode – a love song if you will – about the enduring allure of a unputdownable book. Oh, and the illustrations are pretty awesome too
The narrative has a cinematic feel. You can just imagine the animated red figure, with her nose firmly ensconced in the pages of her riveting read, comically traipsing her way through deserts and oceans, mountains and forests – all the while oblivious to the menagerie of characters who have joined in her parade.
The book also has plenty of artistic appeal with its touchy-feely linen-effect cover featuring an embossed gold medal emblazoned with a triumphant ‘1’. And we love the prettily designed end papers that make every single page of this book a winner in our eyes.
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Fun fact So what is the best book in the world? Well, of course that is subjective and everyone has their own favourites, but the Harry Potter series is certainly up there in terms of sales. JK Rowling has sold more than 450 million Harry Potter books (and counting), with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows selling 15 million copies in the first 24 hours of publication.
Did you know? The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is one of the most successful picture books of all time. It has been translated into 62 languages and has sold well over 30 million copies.
Author notes Rilla Alexander is an Australian born, Berlin-based designer and illustrator. She speaks at design conferences and leads workshops all over the world, including the 8-day Pictoplasma Academy. She was a founding member of Australian design collective Rinzen and her work has been showcased at Paris’ cultural mecca Colette, and at the Musée de la Publicité and the Louvre.
Publisher notes Flying Eye books is the children’s imprint of Nobrow Press. Flying Eye, like its parent company, is dedicated to delivering high quality design and production values with the aim of encouraging generations of children to love and cherish the beauty of a good book.