The Lying Carpet by David Lucas

The Lying Carpet

Written by David Lucas

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The Lying Carpet is a timeless philosophical fairytale about taking control of one's life and will capture readers of all ages. It's the story of a little girl who wakes up to find she is a statue in a room with just a tiger skin rug for company. Has she always been a statue or was she once a little girl - which the tiger seems to lead her to believe ? But can what the tiger says be trusted and if so, will it set her free? David Lucas' storytelling powers are second to none. With breathtaking illustrations and verse with wonderful a off-beat rhythm The Lying Carpet is something to share and enjoy with the whole family.


The Lying Carpet by David Lucas

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 your childhood and becoming what you want to be, this is a book for anyone who has ever felt 'stuck' in their circumstances.


'An exquisite and provoking contemplation of truth, hope, dreams and the power of stories.' - The Daily Telegraph

'Reading The Lying Carpet is a dreamy experience - the language is lovely; the free verse has an offbeat rhythm; the illustrations are breathtaking.' - New York Times

‘A stylish and appealling work that questions reality and perception.’ The Bookseller

‘There is much to puzzle over here, and much to interest a visually aware child.’ Books for Keeps

‘Lucas’s work brings to mind such great exponents of graphic art as Saul Steinberg and Paul Klee.’ Ian Beck in The Times

‘Lucas’s first book for older readers . . . reveals that he’s as remarkable a writer as he is an illustrator.’ Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

‘Beautiful and mysterious . . . Fabulous (as in fablelike), this will tug relentlessly on the mind and heart of any child ready to read it.’ Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

David Lucas

David Lucas - As a child

"I was born in Middlesbrough, where my Mum was a teacher and my Dad worked in the steel works. I am the third of six brothers, and as children we were all dressed the same - same haircut, same jeans, same jumpers. When I was five years old we came to London (my Dad had decided to go to Art College) and at first we lived in a tent before moving to a council flat in Hackney. My parents both loved nature so I often spent holidays exploring forests and wandering on the moors in Yorkshire or by the seashore. I loved ruins and castles too - magical, haunted places. I always enjoyed drawing and in my teens I became fascinated by mythology and fairytales and folklore and began writing stories and inventing imaginary worlds and characters."

As an adult

"I live in east London, close to where I grew up, beside Victoria Park. My home is full of strange old books - books of magic spells and secret alphabets and half forgotten legends. I collect old toys too, and colourful folk art and carvings of scary tribal gods with staring eyes. I've always liked fancy dress parties - it's fun pretending to be someone you're not - and I enjoy being on my own in nature - I love places where I can escape the modern world and imagine I'm living centuries ago. I just feel very lucky to be able to make my living from writing stories and making pictures and mostly I live a very quiet life."

As an artist

"I believe the world is alive with magic - and it's that feeling that really inspires my work. My drawing is picture-writing - I never draw from life - I make patterns, as if I were knitting with ink. Writing, for me, is pattern-making too - putting words together as if they were simple shapes, making story-patterns that are a mixture of autobiography and myth and fairytale. I spend the mornings writing, looking out onto the park, listening to the birds singing and the canal boats chugging past. I paint and draw in my studio near London Fields. As well as making picture books I'm also working on an illustrated fantasy novel."

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80 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

1st March 2012




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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