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The Lying Carpetby David Lucas
By turns comical and lugubrious, the tiger gives the little
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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"Reading “The Lying Carpet,” is a dreamy experience the language is lovely; the free verse has an offbeat rhythm; the illustrations are breathtaking....I can see high school and college philosophy students finding endless discussion fodder in “The Lying Carpet”; it would be a great graduation gift for black-clad poetesses. It could be the new “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” with less anapestic tetrameter and more death."New York Times
“Lucas’s (Something to Do) first book for older readers reveals that he’s as remarkable a writer as he is an illustrator.”Publishers Weekly
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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- 5.40(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.70(d)
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- 12 - 14 Years
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—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
Meet the Author
David Lucas is the author and illustrator of several acclaimed picture books, including Cake Girl, Halibut Jackson, The Robot and the Bluebird, and Whale. Halibut Jackson was chosen as one of the top-10 children's books of 2004 by both Publishers Weekly and Child magazine, and was included in a 2009 Japanese survey of the best 100 picture books published worldwide in the last 10 years.
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