The Heart and the Bottle

by Oliver Jeffers
ISBN: 9780399254529

Last year I fell in love with The Great Paper Caper and then Lost and Found so I started looking forward to the release of this book as soon as I heard about it.

This book has the things I loved about the those — the whimsy, the penciled stick legs, the ability to touch something real — and still has its own story tell. It is about curiosity, loss, making safe rational decisions that cut you off from your feelings, growing up, and getting your sense of wonder back.

It is a beautiful book, too. It does one of my favorite things for an illustrated children’s book — the paper dust jacket is different from the book’s cover. The colors and textures encouraged me to spend time on each page. The way Jeffers managed to evoke both a symbolic and anatomic heart was a neat feat, too.

Highly recommended, not just for kids.

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