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Mick Manning, Brita Granstroem, Mick Manning & Brita Granstrom
Otter-Barry Books Ltd
A handmade gospel hidden in a saint's coffin; a HUGE atlas that takes six people to lift it; a tiny prayer book carried by a queen to her execution; the original handwritten manuscript of Alice in Wonderland; books so rare and valuable they are kept in a bomb-proof store-room. The British Library is an amazing place!
From man-eating monsters and brave knights to wicked witches, lost children, haunted moors, magical creatures and flying machines award-winning duo Mick and Brita bring to life the amazing and extraordinary history of the book through the treasures of the largest library in the world - the BRITISH LIBRARY. LET'S GO INSIDE!
This inspiring book introduces the reader to The British Library and to some of the greatest treasures kept there. It's a fabulous celebration of libraries and their importance. Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom are well known for their skill at presenting information and illustration in a way which captures the interest whilst feeding the intellect and Books! Books! Books! is no exception. They have selected a range of literary gems from the wealth housed in the British Museum, starting with the St Cuthbert Gospel. Famous works of literature - the writings of the Brontes, Conan Doyle, Lewis Carroll and Dickens - are explored alongside the Magna Carta, Lady Jane Grey's prayer book, music by Handel and the first ever copy of the Times newspaper. Photographs, drawings and collage using 'pages' from some of the works combine to create the perfect backdrop to the concise text.There is something to interest everyone here- each page could be the starting point for further research or the inspiration for a trip to see the real thing! A fascinating and beautiful book in its own right, Books! Books! Books! is also a brilliant introduction to the wonders of The British Library. 48 pages / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Sue Wilsher, teacher.
Suggested Reading Age 7+