By Luciana De Luca • Illustrated by Cynthia Alonso$ 17.95
“The beautifully constructed, soaring words are perfectly in sync with Alonso’s colorful, fanciful depictions of the child’s out-of-this-world experiences as well as the intensity with which the books are devoured.Young bookworms will savor this ode to the joy of reading. (Picture book. 4-10)” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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About this book
AN ENCHANTING PICTURE BOOK ABOUT THE MAGIC OF BOOKS AND READING
While their parents are sleeping in, a young bookworm sneaks out of bed with one goal in mind: to spend the day reading.
The Reader is a whimsically illustrated love letter to books. This breathtaking picture book, from two acclaimed Argentinean creators, is a celebration of reading and a child’s imagination. Inspire beginning readers to become armchair adventurers by exploring what lies between the pages of a book.Brand: Luciana De Luca
“A young child prefers reading to any other activity. This fortunate child has a dedicated in-home library and is encouraged to read any book reachable on the shelves, with others to be read upon growing taller. Some are at belly-button level, some at shoulder height, and some as high as fingertips can touch. The child has light-brown skin and a mop of straight, black hair, wears a yellow top, pajama pants, and purple socks, and narrates without revealing gender. Nor does it matter. This child tells those other readers, the ones listening to the narration, how wonderful reading can be. With or without pictures, whether serious, mysterious, or lighthearted, books transport the narrator to places wild and free. The child is not distracted or tempted by seeing other children playing outside but is perfectly content to read book after book, weaving in and out of imagined worlds and contemplating them long after the books are closed. The English translation from the Spanish is not credited, but the beautifully constructed, soaring words are perfectly in sync with Alonso’s colorful, fanciful depictions of the child’s out-of-this-world experiences as well as the intensity with which the books are devoured. Young bookworms will savor this ode to the joy of reading. (Picture book. 4-10)” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
About the Author
Cynthia Alonso (1987) studied graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires, where she also taught typography. She started illustrating children’s books in 2016. Her first book Acuario was published in 2017 by the Portuguese publisher Orfeo Negro and was later published in the USA (Chronicle Books), Korea, China, Spain and Latin America. She is the Illustrator of Under the Canopy: Trees around the World (Flying Eye Books). Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators of New York and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. She currently lives in Berlin.