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The World That Loved Books

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  10 reviews

Imagine a world where everyone loves books, and where people become what they read. And then... when the book is done, they become themselves again, only smarter. This is the world Stephen Parlato creates in The World That Loved Books, a world where even the animals love to read. Illustrated with gorgeous, intricately detailed collages, this dazzling picture book conveys a

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 12th 2003 by Simply Read Books (first published September 2003)
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John Parker
The World that Loved Books is a visual journey into the realm of possibility. In a world where readers become a collage of what they read everything takes on new meaning. The idea is communicated well for readers young and old. In a world fraught with difficulty we need the ability to escape and Parlato has reminded his readers that books have always offered that opportunity. By utilizing common images Parlato also reminds us that visual arts offer the same menu of choices for recreating our pre ...more
Wisteria Leigh
Welcome to my world. At least that s what I thought when I read the beginning of The World That Loved Books, by Stephen Parlato. From the opening page:[return][return] There once was a world where everyone loved books, even the animals. Everyone loved to read so much that when they read their books they became what they read. [return][return]Bravo! This book was so spectacular I read it slowly savoring every memorable morsel of text and the intricate illustrations that honestly should be framed ...more
Susan Jones
Illustrations are amazing!
This author/illustrator has a real gift for creating memorable images. This book is, at its core, appealing because of the detailed, colorful collages that Parlato creates. The basic premise is that as different people or animals read books, they transform into a collage based on the contents of the book they just read. For example, "A man reading about flowers...became flowers." Really gorgeous work by Parlato.
Sarah Morrison
The World That Loved Books by Stephen Parlato was an interesting read. The story itself is very simple. The illustrations are marvelous. Each page has a collage that depicts the text. The text itself is also placed on the page in an interesting, artistic manner. I was disappointed by the end, because it was very abrupt. Overall, the book was enjoyable.
I love this book's message--that when people read books, they become what they read. And when they close their books they become themselves again, only smarter. LOVE IT!!!! And the illustrations--collages cut out into shapes to fit the story--are endlessly fascinating. I am in awe.
I -love- the illustrations in this book! It was perfect as an introductory story for a pre-k art lesson based on the "Magic Water Mixing and Tissue Paper" from
This is mainly a vehicle for some really cool illustrations, but they are really cool!
Rema Badwan
Although a children's book, for anyone that loves books, this is a must have.
Wisteria Leigh
2009-Winter,children literature,collage,critical thinking
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