Synopses & Reviews
From the author of the acclaimed Halibut Jackson comes a mold-breaking philosophical fairy tale for all ages. Part graphic novel, it is bound in cloth with foil stamping—an extraordinary gift book to treasure 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 childhood and becoming what you want to be, this is a book for anyone who has ever felt "stuck" in their circumstances.
"Reading The Lying Carpet is a dreamy experience—the language is lovely; the free verse has an offbeat rhythm; the illustrations are breathtaking. . . . It could be the new Oh, the Places You'll Go." —New York Times
"Reveals that he's as remarkable a writer as he is an illustrator. . . . Lucas's fusion of lighter-than-air fantasy and sharp philosophical inquiry draws on the charms of Nesbit and Juster, but his provocative irony is all his own." —Publishers Weekly starred review
"Beautiful and mysterious . . . black, white and gray pictures fill the pages and hint of Edward Gorey. . . . Fabulous (as in fablelike), this will tug relentlessly on the mind and heart of any child ready to read it." —Kirkus Reviews
"Both adolescent readers and adults will find this a captivating book that they will want to not only reread but also share with friends." —Night Owl Reviews
"Reading The Lying Carpet,” is a dreamy experience the language is lovely; the free verse has an offbeat rhythm; the illustrations are breathtaking....I can see high school and college philosophy students finding endless discussion fodder in The Lying Carpet”; it would be a great graduation gift for black-clad poetesses. It could be the new Oh, the Places Youll Go,” with less anapestic tetrameter and more death."New York Times
Lucass (Something to Do) first book for older readers
reveals that hes as remarkable a writer as he is an illustrator.”Publishers Weekly
About the Author
David Lucas is the author and illustrator of several acclaimed picture books, including Cake Girl, Halibut Jackson, The Robot and the Bluebird, and Whale. Halibut Jackson was chosen as one of the top-10 children's books of 2004 by both Publishers Weekly and Child magazine, and was included in a 2009 Japanese survey of the best 100 picture books published worldwide in the last 10 years.