The Book Of Everything by Guus Kuijer

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Faith is joy is love is hope in this novel of exquisite power and everyday miracles, reminiscent of Barbara Kingsolver's THE POISONWOOD BIBLE.

Thomas can see things no one else can see. Tropical fish swimming in the canals. The magic of Mrs. Van Amersfoort, the Beethoven-loving witch next door. The fierce beauty of Eliza with her artificial leg. And the Lord Jesus, who tells him, "Just call me Jesus."
Thomas records these visions in his "Book of Everything." They comfort him when his father beats him, when the angels weep for his mother's black eyes. And they give him the strength to finally confront his father and become what he wants to be when he grows up:

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Published April 1, 2012 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 117 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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This austere little example of Dutch magical realism takes readers to Amsterdam in 1951, into the life of nine-year-old Thomas, whose only ambition is to grow up to be happy.

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The narrative, told from Thomas's perspective, draws heavily on Christian symbolism—Mrs. Van Amersfoort serves Thomas a cordial "as red as blood"—and frequent episodes of magical realism (e.g., the angels in heaven "covered their eyes with their hands and sobbed loudly" when Thomas's father strik...

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Kuijer, who published his first book in 1975, has since written more than 30 books mostly aimed at early adolescents, including Het boek van alle dingen (The Book of Everything), Florian Knoll and a series of five books about the girl Polleke, starting with Voor altijd samen, amen (Together Forev...

Mar 27 2012 | Read Full Review of The Book Of Everything


This terrifically smart and, yes, uplifting production has been brought to New York by Australian director Neil Armfield, who has helmed Richard Tulloch's wonder-filled stage adaptation of Guus Kuijer's 2004 children's book, which focuses on the diary of an innocent yet unusually precocious nine-...

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As Thomas makes new friends in leather-legged Eliza and self-confessed witch Mrs van Amersfoort , and an imaginary one in a droll and facetious Lord Jesus (a brilliant and be-sandalled John Leary), he begins to understand the value of love and the importance of standing up for himself.

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