The Lying Carpet
Written by David Lucas
Lovereading4kids Price £5.59
£6.99 saving £1.40 (20%)
when in stock
As soon as this book is back in stock we will send you an email.Compare book price We'd love you to buy your books from Lovereading - especially if we helped you to choose them! But as our mantra is guidance, and that includes guidance on price, please do use our 'Compare Book Price' service to discover if the best value deal is from Lovereading or another specialist bookstore.
Please login (or signup) to download the extract
You will need to Sign Up or Login before you can download a book extract.
To Sign Up all you need to do is give us your email address and a password and let us know the types of books you like. Thank you.
The Lovereading4Kids comment
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
More books by David Lucas
Andersen Press Ltd
1st March 2012
Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press
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.
I have told all my friends, family & teachers to see for themselves just how great the site is. Without fail, they are hugely impressed.Alexander Boxall – age 11
LoveReading4Kids is a modern and creative way of emphasising the value and importance of books in this digital age #booksforlifeAmrit Bunet – Teen
I love Lovereading because I often never know what to read and this helps you find a good book. I have recommended this to many people.Shannon-Louise Masters – age 15
We love Lovereading4kids because they put books in front of us we wouldn’t otherwise have read. They make us more adventurous readers!Emily Jacques
I think Lovereading4kids is an amazing company because of the friendly staff and the fabulous chance to read great books before publication.Adam Graham
It has introduced my children to books we hadn’t come across before. Real children’s reviews gives a great insight into what others think toLorraine Woods
I am so pleased to have signed my kids up as they are reading a much wider range of books and even choosing books out of their comfort zone.Angela East
We love Lovereading4kids because it promotes reading choices, new authors and a sense of community for children of all ages!Rachel Bridgeman