LUCY'S BOOK captures that special connection between a child and their favourite book, as well as celebrating the way sharing stories can bring people together.
Lucy's mum takes her to the library every Saturday. Lucy loves to read, but there is one special book that she borrows over and over again. The book is shared between friends, dropped in the ocean, flown to China and even made into a banana sandwich. But what will happen when everyone's favourite book goes missing?
A CBCA Notable book.
This is bound to be adored by booklovers - 100 Percent Rock magazine
The emotions of reading, and the rich language used in the book are a wonderful window into the world of the book-lover. . . . The illustrator Cheryl Orsini has done a fabulous job. She pushes the emotion of each page into the illustrations in an extraordinary way. No detail is spared. - The Reader (The Booksellers NZ Blog)
The school or public library may just be the best place to get inspired, excited and transported (figuratively) during a normally busy day. So for anyone who loves to read, a chance to dive into books would be plenty of motivation to leave the house in a hurry in the morning. But for one little girl, there is one book in particular that she can't get enough of. Lucy's Book, written by Natalie Jane Prior and illustrated by Cheryl Orsini, is one special story that follows one special story on many adventures as it is shared by Lucy to all her friends.
Lucy and her mum visit the library every Saturday. The enchanted red book, of which we speak, is recommended by Mrs Bruce and borrowed a multitude of times from the library. Lucy loves it so much, all her friends are dazzled by its charm and it makes its way into their hands too. The book is escorted on holidays to Honeycomb Bay and China, to the zoo, and even made into a banana sandwich. But what happens when the book is no longer available for borrowing? Do you believe in destiny?
Just like the premise of this story, the lively illustrations pronounce a real community feel; one of shared values, togetherness and spirit. With influences from real people (Mrs Bruce is a friend of the author and also the image of Megan the librarian at the local school), Lucy's Book feels like a real-life fairytale where everyone gets to be involved in the swirl of magical bookishness and where fate is a reality. Dreamy for book lovers of any age. - Boomerang Books
Lucy from Lucy's Book is pretty much me as a kid. I loved going to the library with my family to select the next lot of books to devour.
I pretty much spent all my spare time as a kid and a teen (and alright, now as an adult) with my head stuck firmly in a book, and I actually recall my father telling me that I 'read too much' (obviously he is a ridiculous man, as there really is no such thing!).
Right from the stunningly beautiful book-lined library shelves on the front cover, through to the gorgeous books raining down on the end papers, and all the divinely detailed and busy illustrations in between, Lucy's Book has set my librarian heart aflutter, sent a tingle up my book nerd spine, and immediately transported me 20 years back, deep into childhood nostalgia territory.
Natalie Jane Prior (Author)
Natalie Jane Prior is is the author of numerous books for children and young adults, including the bestselling Lily Quench series (Hodder), which has well over half a million copies in print worldwide. Natalie's books have won Aurealis Awards, Davitt Awards, CBCA Awards and numerous children's choice awards. She lives in Brisbane with her family and two miniature dachshunds.
Cheryl Orsini (Illustrator)
Cheryl Orsini taught herself to draw as a little girl. She grew a little taller, studied Visual Communications at UTS in Sydney and finally, when she could grow no more, she started illustrating children's books, magazines and decorating a great many peg dolls! She has illustrated over 20 picture books including Caravan Fran (Lothian Books/Hachette Australia), The Tales of Mrs Mancini (ABC Books) The ABC Book of Cars, Trains, Boats and Planes (ABC Books), and Pom Pom, Where Are You? (Viking/Penguin). Her illustrations are also sought after by Australian magazines including Gardening Australia and The School Magazine. Cheryl lives in Sydney, with her husband and daughter. For more visit www.cherylorsini.com