Jonathan and Martha by Petr Horacek

Jonathan and Martha

Written by Petr Horacek
Illustrated by


Jonathan and Martha by Petr Horacek

Classic tale of friendship and love starring two lonely worms


A carefully designed combination of collage, background and simple narrative... An elegant, humorous book considering the value of friendship and sharing... In addition to the collage and the vibrant colour, one of the striking aspects of this book is its clever use of framing and space to control the pace of the narrative... Image and narrative work in perfect partnership in this delightful book, which is thoroughly recommended for young children and early readers. -Gill Robins, Books for Keeps Readers... will be drawn in by the growing affection between this pair. -Publishers Weekly Cleverly told... A few pages include die-cut elements that will intrigue viewers while furthering the story. Horacek's typically bold watercolor and crayon illustrations are cheerful and appealing. A great choice for preschool story-times on friendship, sharing, or Valentine's Day (or worms!). -Library Journal This book's beautifully embossed cover and thick paper stock set the tone for rich the illustrations and clever story... Horacek may not be a household name, but he's published over twenty-five children's books and will be a happy discovery for any book-loving child. -San Francisco Book Review

About the Author

Petr Horacek

Petr Horacek’s bold and imaginative illustrations continue to captivate children and critics. His stories, often about loyalty and belonging, are told with an instinctive warmth and humour and are beautifully brought to life through his evocative use of colour and texture. He has won many awards around the world for classics such as Suzy Goose and A New House for Mouse and was shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012. He lives in Worcester.

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40 pages


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Phaidon Press Ltd

Publication date

30th April 2012



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