The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring

The Shape of My Heart

Written by Mark Sperring
Illustrated by Alys Paterson

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One of our Books of the Year 2013 - January 2013 Picture Book of the Month

Bright images offer loads to look at for young readers to think about the shape of all the things around them in the world. Birds have a shape and so does food. But what about love? Speculation about the very special shape and look of love leads to a touching and deeply reassuring conclusion.


The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring

The world is filled with shapes. A bird, a car, the stars in the sky - what shapes can you see? Children will love spotting familiar shapes on every page. With a warm story and bright illustrations, this is the perfect book to share with any child.

A concept book with a difference, with lots to identify and share, as well as a very loving message.


a simply, superbly illustrated book... A book to pore over again and again. Irish Examiner

About the Author

Mark Sperring

Mark Sperring studied at Bath Academy of Art and later Camberwell College of Art, before working creating picture books and music in London for many years, before returning to the Jurassic Coast, where he grew up. He lives with his partner and their son, Oliver. They are almost entirely self-sufficient growing their own food and running their car on recycled chip oil. Green came to Mark after reading an inspiring article about Maurice Sendak.

An Interview with Mark Sperring

Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson for combining two of my favourite things Moomins AND snow!

The Little Prince for the fox who wanted to be tamed.

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates for inducing a tear .

Who are your 5 favourite authors/illustrators, and why?

Tove Jansson not only for her amazing black and white line drawing but for her strange and beautiful stories.

Paul Auster for his ability to turn a story on its head in one breath taking sentence.

Richard Yates for creating characters that still linger in my mind.

Gobbilino the Witches Cat by Ursula Moray Williams.

Little My from the Moomins.

Little My from the Moomins!

Mr Nilsson so I could hang out with Pipi Longstocking.

To Kill a Mocking Bird.

The Dictionary, if only to be better at spelling and a world champion scrabble player.

Words and how they fit together.

The Shape of My Heart was inspired whilst drawing around my hand!

I don't know about best, but the one I have a special connection to is a story about a girl and a mouse, there's a lot of 'Me' in it.

When did you start writing?

In earnest about 20 years ago.

Don't give up!

I'm an early bird writer-mornings are best!

None of them are abandoned, they're just biding their time and only appear to be collecting dust...

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32 pages
Interest Age: from 0 to 5


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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