Here’s a little treasure I’ve fallen in love with lately:
A Book is a Book, by Jenny Bornholdt, illustrated by Sarah Wilkins
first published in 2013 by Gecko Press and Whitireia
Coming out of New Zealand, this paean to the joys of books will charm your socks off. It’s simply a collection of nonchalant musings about books, accompanied by sunny illustrations.
Childlike philosophizing and instructions ramble about the pages. There’s advice:
“You can read in the bath but you mustn’t drop your book.“
And helpful explanations:
“Some books are small because some writers are very tired.“
The whimsical, scattered thoughts, and the book’s small dimensions, remind me very much of Ruth Krauss’s classic, A Hole is to Dig.
It suits ages 3-93. If you’re looking for a smart gift for a book-lover, check it out.