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Books! Books! Books!: Explore Inside the Greatest Library on Earth5/5

Books! Books! Books!: Explore Inside the Greatest Library on Earth

Mick Manning

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This inspiring book introduces the reader to The British Library and to some of the greatest treasures kept there. It's a fabulous celebration of libraries and their importance. Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom are well known for their skill at presenting information and illustration in a way which captures the interest whilst feeding the intellect and Books! Books! Books! is no exception. They have selected a range of literary gems from the wealth housed in the British Museum, starting with the St Cuthbert Gospel. Famous works of literature - the writings of the Brontes, Conan Doyle, Lewis Carroll and Dickens - are explored alongside the Magna Carta, Lady Jane Grey's prayer book, music by Handel and the first ever copy of the Times newspaper. Photographs, drawings and collage using 'pages' from some of the works combine to create the perfect backdrop to the concise text.There is something to interest everyone here- each page could be the starting point for further research or the inspiration for a trip to see the real thing! A fascinating and beautiful book in its own right, Books! Books! Books! is also a brilliant introduction to the wonders of The British Library. 48 pages / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Sue Wilsher, teacher.

Reviewed by: Sue Wilsher