A Long Piece of String
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1963
Chronicle Books, 2010
Day four of The Great Holiday Give leads us to a stunner of a reprint by Chronicle Books, long known for its awesome packaging and design sense. A nearly wordless visual journey by graphic design darling William Wondricka, A Long Piece of String takes us on a ride with a string that has no beginning and no end. Wondriska wrote and illustrated the story in addition to designing the actual book, and all of that is retained here, right down to the wonderful scribbles that lay hidden beneath the dust jacket. The illustrations are stark and simple, yet each one tells a story and adds a nice piece to the personality of the tale.
I'm particularly in the love with this page, wherein it seems as if parts of the string are missing, when really it's just lost behind unilluminated moon. So charming.
A surprise finish ties it back to the reader and asks them to write their own ending. Everything about this title is gorgeous. The look, the feel and the delicate web of wonder this little string spins. I love it when larger publishers pick up the mantel to bring excellent children's books back to life. It's so refreshing to see once out-of-print titles back on the shelf as if they had never left in the first place.
To be entered to win a copy, simply comment on this post by 11:59 PM Sunday, November 9. The winner will be announced (along with all the other winners from the week) on Monday, November 10. The Great Holiday Give will last all week, so be sure and check back each day to find out about a new vintage reprint and enter to win a different book. This book was sent to me by the publisher to giveaway, but I don't think I need to tell you that this in no way educated my opinion of Chronicle Books, this book and/or the level of pure swank of either.
Have fun and good luck!
The Great Holiday Give Day One: The Day the Cow Sneezed by James Flora
The Great Holiday Give Day Two: One More Acorn by Don and Roy Freeman
The Great Holiday Give Day Three: The Christmas Cookie Sprinkler Snitcher by Robert Kraus and Vip
The Great Holiday Give Day Five: Mud Pies and Other Recipes by Majorie Winslow and Erik Blegvad
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