Monday, December 16, 2019

If... 25th Anniversary Edition - a bookwrap

This is the original version published November 2, 1995. 

From Amazon

A diving board to creative wordplay, the fascinating picture book If... offers a surrealistic view of the natural world. The two-page spreads present artful watercolors paired with such strange possibilities as "If zebras had stars and stripes...," "If the moon were square...," and "If worms had wheels...." Although some of the ideas and pictures are whimsical to the point of being downright creepy ("If caterpillars were toothpaste...," "If toes were teeth..."), the hypotheticals will surely inspire flights of fancy for readers of all ages. What could be more appealing for a 5-year-old than imagining the silliest suppositions and seeing them come to life in realistic paintings?
Sculptor Sarah Perry creates a world to make us stop and think. One of her best illustrations depicts a large, hairy warthog with a sparkling crown and the text, "If ugly were beautiful...." With every if idea, the author encourages the kind of mental double take that comes naturally for children. (Ages 4 to 7, and adults, too) --Emilie Coulter


Created by Sarah Perry 

Ages:  3-5 
Grade Level:  PS-K
Hardcover:  48 pages
Publisher: Getty Publications; Anniversary edition
Pub. Date:  March 3, 2020
Language:  English 

Unwrapping Some Awesome Illustrations for You 

Unwrapping the Book

I have a copy of the original publication which was published in 1995.  I fell in love with its uniqueness, imaginative qualities and  especially the artwork.  I have the same feeling when I read it as I experience when I look at Salvador Dali's works of art.  It's a picture book of surreal possibilities making it a classic worthy of a special 25th anniversary edition.  

This enhanced edition includes two brand new stories together with a sprinkling of freshly added spot illustrations.  The illustrations are created in beautiful watercolours.  They are large, crisp and truly intriguing. 

I for a while had my book displayed on my coffee table, in plain sight, so visitors could enjoy the magical book as well.  Both young and old readers will be mesmerized and delighted as they thumb through Sarah Perry's fantastical world.  

The book will now be reissued in 2020, enhanced and expanded, so a brand-new generation will be able to enjoy it. The author has included at the end of the book a Readers' Guide to the Secrets of "If..." which I found very interesting indeed.  The book is delightful, original, and one that kids (and adults) will go back to read (and ponder)  again and again.  It would be a wonderful tool for art teachers to use to stimulate their classes or for creative writing projects.  I highly, highly recommend this book.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›HUGS!!!!!

Meet the Creator of the Book 

Sarah Perry was born in Essex in 1979. She has been the writer in residence at Gladstone's Library and the UNESCO World City of Literature Writer in Residence in Prague. After Me Comes the Flood, her first novel, was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Folio Prize, and won the East Anglian Book of the Year Award in 2014. Her latest novel, The Essex Serpent, was a number one bestseller in hardback, Waterstones Book of the Year 2016, the British Book Awards Book of the Year 2017, was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and Dylan Thomas Award, and longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction 2017. Her work has been translated into twenty languages. She lives in Norwich.

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