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The World That Loved Books

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  13 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

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published December 12th 2003 by Simply Read Books (first published September 2003)
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Brindi Michele
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This is quite the visual treat, with very realistic images. But I wanted a little more from this book, like a mixture of books across multiple genres (it seems most readers were just enjoying nonfiction books...and where are the children who read??). I did enjoy the last page, tremendously :)
John Parker
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicole
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture_book
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. ...more
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.
Jackie
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. ...more
Janin
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 http://mrsbrownart.com/kindergarten.htm
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Jacqueline J
Dec 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
Mostly this is just a bunch of not very interesting illustrations. The story had no interesting elements, good language or cute story line. Hmm.
Polly
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This is mainly a vehicle for some really cool illustrations, but they are really cool!
Wisteria Leigh
2009-Winter,children literature,collage,critical thinking
Rema Badwan
Aug 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Although a children's book, for anyone that loves books, this is a must have. ...more
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