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Murray McCain & John Alcorn


“A book is like another room, or another town, or another world, where someone is waiting to speak to you”

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Books! is a book about books, of course. Murray McCain explains what a book is and why it is, what books can be used for, why they are useful, why they are fun. He lists words that are hard like “antidisestablishmentarianism” and words that are happy like “Greensleeves” and he helpfully informs us that goats are not allowed in libraries, because they can’t read and think that books are for eating.

John Alcorn’s fluorescent colour palette and inventive typography are a perfect match for engaging children with the wonder of language, making this homage to books one to truly be treasured.

Originally published in 1962 this has been re published by AMMO for the first time in a large format. We applaud the inner sleeve note “Get Books! – Keep Books! – Give Books!”.


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