The Farmhouse

Dispatches on 31/07/2024

SHORTLISTED FOR THE CBCA PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKPEOPLE CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023A beautifully illustrated and moving tribute to a beloved place from two-time Caldecott Medallist, Sophie Blackall.Step inside the dollhouse-like interior of Farmhouse and relish the daily life of the family that lives there, rendered in impeccable, thrilling detail. Based on a real family and an actual farmhouse where Sophie salvaged facts and artefacts for the making of this spectacular work, page after page bursts with luminous detail and joy. Join the award-winning, bestselling Sophie Blackall as she takes readers on an enchanting visit to a farmhouse across time, to witness the way that history spins stories.'A tender, layered masterpiece that itself deserves to be passed along for generations' NEW YORK TIMES'A lyrical love letter to the past . . . The illustrations feel like a patchwork quilt - with pieces of history and experience stitched together to make a beautiful and complete whole . . . Every page can be revisited over and over again' CHILDREN'S BOOK COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA'Gloriously detailed . . . One of the most evocative and beautiful picture books I've had the pleasure of reading' BETTER READING'Hums with life and the joys and tribulations of a large family . . . The story itself is told in lilting text which reads so well aloud, and the accompanying illustrations are colourful and joyous. I loved this book without reservation' READINGSPRAISE FOR SOPHIE BLACKALL:'Painted with the featherlight touch that distinguishes Caldecott Medallist Blackall's work, this graceful account of a lighthouse keeper's life celebrates a lost era . . . A jewel of a creation and a gift to those who dream of retreat' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY'I will be surprised if a more exquisite picture book will be published this year . . . Children will be fascinated' NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW