2012 is shaping up to be a great year for Nick Bland. An explosion of fun Apps have re captured the enjoyment of some of his most entertaining picture books. In May The Very Cranky Bear took pride of place as the chosen story during National Simultaneous Story Time ... and now? Nick has teamed up with Michael Stephen King to produce the memorable picture book - The Magnificent Tree.
The Magnificent Tree is a delightfully simple story with many delicate layers. It captures the wonderful relationship of Bonny and Pop who "were always bursting with ideas." One day, they decide to build a tree to encourage their beloved birds to stay.
Whilst Bonny's ideas "were simple, clever", Pop's ideas "were big, brave and brilliant". The Magnificent Tree demonstrates how two very different solutions to the same problem can work equally well.
With a delicately rhythmical, flowing narrative Nick Bland glides us through their inventions, toil and progress. He skilfully shines a spotlight on friendships which span generations and the beauty of imagination - pure and untethered.
Stephen Michael King's illustrations are wonderfully quirky and full of character. With great use of space and a glorious colour palette King brings the endearing characters of Pop and Bonny to life with his trademark humorous touches.
With the merging of these two talents My Book Corner's expectations were certainly high. Isn't it just wonderful when a book surpasses your greatest expectations?!
" 'Perfect,' said Bonny. 'Just perfect.' "
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