Synopses & Reviews
What was made of rags and bones, soot and seeds? What took a mountain to make?
For the answer, travel back to the fifteenth century—to a time when books were made by hand and a man named Johannes Gutenberg invented a way to print books with movable type.
Written as a series of riddles and illustrated in the style of medieval manuscripts by an award-winning author and artist, From the Good Mountain will intrigue readers of all ages. On every page there is something surprising to learn about how the very thing you are holding in your hands came to be.
"Rumford frames this expressive introduction to Gutenberg and his revolutionary printing press as a riddle, describing a 'mysterious' object that arrived in the city of Mainz, Germany, around 1450. 'It was made of rags and bones, soot and seeds.... What was it?' Subsequent pages concisely describe the processes by which paper, leather, and ink were made. Like the books Gutenberg printed, the borders of Rumford's stately ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations are illuminated initially by spirals of golden flowers, and later, nodding to the evolution of the book, by the crisp wires of circuit boards. Ages 4 8. Agent: Jeff Dwyer, Dwyer & O'Grady. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
As a papermaker, letterpress printer, and binder, James Rumford brings to this most recent book not only his love of the printed book but also his knowledge of a craft fast disappearing. James lives in Honolulu with his wife Carol, where he runs Manoa Press, which makes handmade books. From the Good Mountain is his third book for Roaring Brook Press.