Thursday, 1 September 2016

Book of the Month! A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

It's here! Today is the day that A Child of Books, created by author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers and typographical artist Sam Winston, publishes in the UK.

"I am a Child of Books. I come from a world of stories and upon my imagination I float."

A Child of Books is a completely unique reading experience, blending illustration and the printed and written word in a way that explodes conventional perceptions of both. This is the first time Oliver has collaboratively written and illustrated a book with another artist - and the first time Sam has made a children's book! Together they have created an immersive story of discovery; a picture book to cherish forever and a homage to classic children's literature. 

We've shared lots of exciting videos, interviews and trailers over the past months and we've collected them all together here. In May, we were delighted to work with Waterstones to share our incredible book trailer with all our lovely picture book fans. 

And earlier this week we were absolutely over the moon to share an exclusive video interview all about the inspiration and process behind A Child of Books

Here's part one. 

And here's part two. (We know - we spoil you!)

And, it wouldn't be publication day without an exclusive behind the scenes look at the sketches and development work that went into the characters and spreads of A Child of Books. There's a sneak peek below but click HERE for the full experience. 

We've uploaded a quick interview that you can download and print from the Picture Book Party activity sheet section by clicking HERE.

To celebrate publication, we have three gorgeous A Child of Books goody bags to give away to our lucky readers. To WIN email with the subject line I AM A CHILD OF BOOKS to enter. Closing date 29/09/2015. Terms and Conditions apply. 

And, to say goodbye, a note from Oliver and Sam

'From the very beginning we both wanted to create a tale that celebrated our own love of classic children's literature with an added modern twist. For us it was about capturing some of the magic that happens when you first get lost in a timeless story, but doing it in a way that readers haven't seen before. We both wanted to pay homage to the amazing books we loved in our own childhoods, and it turned out that we used a whole library of these books to illustrate A Child of Books. We wanted this book to celebrate some of the great imaginations of the past, yet also (hopefully) inspire new generations to come.'