The Lying Carpet by David Lucas

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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 David Lucas

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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.
Published April 1, 2011 by Andersen Press. 78 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There are an epigraph and a coda, which are also mysterious, asserting that “Truth and Lies are one.” A marble figure of a little girl, barefoot, looking up from the open book in her lap, sits on a plinth carved with her name, Faith.

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Lucas's b&w illustrations, in which the static figures of Faith and Carpet frame images from Carpet's stories, have the wispy feel of dreams;

Apr 11 2011 | Read Full Review of The Lying Carpet

The Bookbag

It's such a pity then that economies of publishing, and I suspect someone's idea that adults can't handle coloured books, means this is in drab black and white.

Feb 18 2012 | Read Full Review of The Lying Carpet

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Faith has to make her own decisions as the story explores faith, truth and paradox - but beware you don’t get too comfortable as you sit by the window with the sun on your face - you could be there for a long-time.

Jan 03 2012 | Read Full Review of The Lying Carpet


Every single page is beautiful, whether it be through the wonderful language the story is told with, or the fantastic illustrations - whether they cover the whole page or the little "figures" with their notes to go along with a particular part of the story Carpet is telling.

Jul 31 2012 | Read Full Review of The Lying Carpet

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