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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Castle of Books
by Alessandro Sanna
Age Range: Under_5
In this striking and unusual picture book Italian author/illustrator Alessandro Sanna, one of Italy’s leading contemporary prize-winning illustrators, takes readers on a trip around the Castle of Books posing the question ‘Why do we need books?’ Follow two children as they embark on a creative journey to discover the answer. As they look through the piles and piles of books they find many answers to this question: books can be used to observe, to think and to discover; to play, to invent, and to imagine; to travel to magical places, to grow and to help us understand one another.
With minimal text and bold double-page spread artwork Sanna applies broad sweeping brushstrokes and a strong colour palette. Castle of Books is an excellent way to encourage children to discover why books are so important.