BOOK REVIEW: Lucy’s Book by Natalie Jane Prior & Cheryl Orsini
Reviewed by Steph O’Connell
Lucy’s Book looks at the path that a much-loved library book might take, and throughout these pages the library book in question is read in the car, at lunch, all through the afternoon, in the bathtub, at bedtime, and under the seats at church. It even goes on a trip to China!
It is borrowed, extended, loaned, shared, and borrowed all over again.
It gets arrowroot crumbs in the pages, is chewed on by a baby, and is turned into a banana sandwich (by mistake).
Its readers are excited, scared, and can’t put it down.
In the course of the story, readers are introduced to all the places one might go looking for a book; the library, the school library, the bookshop, a second-hand sale, on the internet, and even overseas. No method of obtaining a book is left out in this story, though it is definitely an argument for libraries and second-hand books, and for the joy that can be found in re-reading a favourite book and in sharing it with your friends.
The underlying message here is that everyone is bound to feel differently about a book, and no doubt some will treat said book more delicately than others, but in the end, it’s all about a passion for reading, and nothing boosts that passion more than sharing it with like-minded lovers of books.
This is bound to be adored by booklovers the world over, even if they might feel squeamish at the idea of some of the things this book is subjected to. The gorgeous illustrations (especially the double-page spread of shelves and shelves of books) are bound to ease the discomforted bibliophile’s soul.
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