Summer 2017

Pictures made of books

A Child of Books

By Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston
Walker Books, £12.99

Few children’s picturebooks are quite like this. A Child of Books (Walker Books, £12.99) is a tribute to the power of stories, the result of a lengthy collaboration between author / illustrator Oliver Jeffers and artist / typographer Sam Winston. Each spread is a mix of Winston’s typographic landscapes and figures and Jeffers’ hand-drawn text and illustration. Although entirely different in style, the individual works of the two artists knit together elegantly, with drawn people who interact physically with the type, climbing up a mountain of words or resting on clouds of lullabies.

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Cover and spread for Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston’s A Child of Books, Walker Books, £12.99.

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Clare Walters, writer, author of children’s picturebooks, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 94 vol. 24, 2017

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