The Lying Carpet

Overview

A little girl wakes up to find she is a statue in a room in a grand house with only a tiger rug for company. Is anything the tiger says to be trusted? Is he a real tiger, a fake or a magic carpet? Is she really just a statue or is she bewitched - was she once turned to stone? Will she ever come to life?

By turns comical and lugubrious, the tiger gives the little girl plenty of versions of the truth, but how ...

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Overview

A little girl wakes up to find she is a statue in a room in a grand house with only a tiger rug for company. Is anything the tiger says to be trusted? Is he a real tiger, a fake or a magic carpet? Is she really just a statue or is she bewitched - was she once turned to stone? Will she ever come to life?

By turns comical and lugubrious, the tiger gives the little girl plenty of versions of the truth, but how will she decide what is true, and will it set her free?

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Editorial Reviews

Marjorie Ingall
Reading The Lying Carpet, is a dreamy experience—the language is lovely; the free verse has an offbeat rhythm; the illustrations are breathtaking—a strange blend of childlike cartoon, Moorish and Indian art, spot illustration and illuminated manuscript.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Lucas's (Something to Do) first book for older readers, published in the U.K. in 2008, reveals that he's as remarkable a writer as he is an illustrator. The eponymous carpet lies in both senses of the word: he's a tiger skin who adorns the library of a stately home, and he weaves a series of ingenious untruths while speaking to a marble statue by the window. She's a representation of the virtue Faith, and she believes everything Carpet tells her. Since he claims one thing one day ("I have heard that, in fact, you were once, long, long ago, a perfectly ordinary little girl") and another the next ("I don't think you're really real at all"), Faith must decide for herself who she is and whether the carpet is telling the truth. Lucas's b&w illustrations, in which the static figures of Faith and Carpet frame images from Carpet's stories, have the wispy feel of dreams; by contrast, the carpet's talk is marvelously immediate and persuasive. Lucas's fusion of lighter-than-air fantasy and sharp philosophical inquiry draws on the charms of Nesbit and Juster, but his provocative irony is all his own. Ages 9–12. (June)
From the Publisher
"An exquisite and provoking contemplation of truth, hope, dreams and the power of stories."
The Daily Telegraph
 
"Reading The Lying Carpet, is a dreamy experience -- the language is lovely; the free verse has an offbeat rhythm; the illustrations are breathtaking."
New York Times
Kirkus Reviews

Children are ready for philosophy at a very young age: "What is real?" asked the Velveteen Rabbit, after all.

This beautiful and mysterious volume is not quite a graphic novel, although its black, white and gray pictures fill the pages and hint of Edward Gorey. There are an epigraph and a coda, which are also mysterious, asserting that "Truth and Lies are one." A marble figure of a little girl, barefoot, looking up from the open book in her lap, sits on a plinth carved with her name, Faith. But one day she speaks, and the carpet—a tiger skin—answers her. She wants to move, to stretch, to finish her book, but the Carpet tells her that she is a statue, a work of art. He tells Faith that she might be under a magic spell; he tells her the shocking story of how he became a rug and how His Grace used to come to this room and read to the statue. He spins many tales, and then he says that everything he speaks is a lie. His Grace dies, and Faith jumps down from her plinth, flying off in the night on her tiger carpet. The house is filled with another family, and the youngest child finds the shut stone book, which one day opens in her hands. Stories—truth and lies—spin around each other, thick as the ornamentation that fills every page.

Fabulous (as in fablelike), this will tug relentlessly on the mind and heart of any child ready to read it.(Fable. 8-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781743141687
  • Publisher: Bolinda Audio
  • Publication date: 11/26/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,302,288
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID LUCAS was born in 1966 in Middlesborough, in the north of England. He grew up in Hackney, in East London, and studied illustration at the Royal College of Art. He lives and works in central London.
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