Friday, December 6, 2013

'A Book is a Book' by Jenny Bornholdt and Sarah Wilkins

I am so excited to show off some New Zealand talent today, with the most adorable book by Jenny Bornholdt and Sarah Wilkins. It is a co-publication between Gecko Press and Whitireia Publishing to celebrate the 20th anniverary of the Whitireia publishing course. A Book is a Book is a very special creation for book-lovers, and that is me. I love books, and I love this book.


A Book is a Book celebrates books and reading. It is a treasure for people like me who cherish the whole experience of books - the story, the illustrations, the format, the feel, the typography, and the layout of a carefully considered book. 'Carefully considered' is exactly what A Book is a Book is. Like all books from Gecko Press, you can practically feel the love that has gone into the creation - from the writer to the artist to the publishing choices. A Book is a Book shines in all areas. It is a sweet contemplation by poet Jenny Bornholdt about books and the delight they can bring. The illustrations by Sarah Wilkins are a perfect fit in a delicate but vibrant, painterly style. The small hardback format and cream pages give it a stylish and subtly vintage feel. The quality construction of the book itself and the surprising details (a different image underneath the dust-cover, and a beautiful bookmark that came with my copy) are noticed and appreciated by book-lovers like me. The more I look at this book, the more I love it. There is so much talent in this lovely little county of mine!

Excerpt from A Book is a Book by Jenny Bornholdt and Sarah Wilkins

Excerpt from A Book is a Book by Jenny Bornholdt and Sarah Wilkins

Excerpt from A Book is a Book by Jenny Bornholdt and Sarah Wilkins

Excerpt from A Book is a Book by Jenny Bornholdt and Sarah Wilkins

Excerpt from A Book is a Book by Jenny Bornholdt and Sarah Wilkins

You can purchase A Book is a Book over at the Gecko Press website. It makes a gorgeous Christmas gift!

A Book is a Book
Written by Jenny Bornholdt
Illustrated by Sarah Wilkins
Gecko Press and Whitireia Publishing
Published 1 November 2013
ISBN: 978-1-877579-92-9
180 x 120mm, 40 pages, Ages 4+


About the Author

Jenny Bornholdt is an acclaimed poet. In 2005-06 she was the NZ Poet Laureate, and received the 2003 Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award. Jenny lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

About the Illustrator

Sarah Wilkins has worked as an illustrator in Australia, New Zealand and France. She won the LIANZA Russell Clark Award for Illustration in 2003. Sarah currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

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