The Lying Carpet (Hardcover)

By David Lucas, David Lucas (Illustrator)

Andersen Press, 9781842704417, 78pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/1/2013)
Compact Disc (11/26/2012)
Compact Disc (1/1/2010)
Compact Disc (11/26/2012)

List Price: 15.99*
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From the author of the acclaimed Halibut Jackson comes a mold-breaking philosophical fairy tale for all ages. Part graphic novel, it is bound in cloth with foil stamping—an extraordinary gift book to treasure
Imagine a disused living room in a grand house. In it is a tiger rug and a statue of a little girl. But is the tiger a real tiger, a fake, or a magical carpet? Is the little girl real but bewitched, or just a stone statue, and will she ever come to life? By turns comical and lugubrious, the tiger gives the little girl plenty of versions of the truth, but how will she decide what is true and will she be able to break free? A parable about outgrowing childhood and becoming what you want to be, this is a book for anyone who has ever felt "stuck" in their circumstances.

About the Author

David Lucas is the author and illustrator of several acclaimed picture books, including Cake Girl, Halibut Jackson, The Robot and the Bluebird, and Whale. Halibut Jackson was chosen as one of the top-10 children's books of 2004 by both Publishers Weekly and Child magazine, and was included in a 2009 Japanese survey of the best 100 picture books published worldwide in the last 10 years.

Praise For The Lying Carpet

"Reading “The Lying Carpet,” is a dreamy experience — the language is lovely; the free verse has an offbeat rhythm; the illustrations are breathtaking....I can see high school and college philosophy students finding endless discussion fodder in “The Lying Carpet”; it would be a great graduation gift for black-clad poetesses. It could be the new “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” with less anapestic tetrameter and more death."—New York Times

“Lucas’s (Something to Do) first book for older readers…reveals that he’s as remarkable a writer as he is an illustrator.”—Publishers Weekly