York's Universe has an almost surreal like quality to it - dreamlike, quiet tones coalescing with an amazing array of illustrations and an unexpected twist.
York is a young boy who enjoys living in the midst of a busy city. Simple, brief sentences introduce us to aspects of his world ... from where York eats, to the view from his window.
The arrival of a new teacher at school, from the country, tips York's thoughts towards the countryside. What is life like outside the city? These thoughts invade his dreams until a chance encounter sparks the magical part of this unique picture book.
Giving flight and power to the imagination in a pure and simple form, this picture book is operating on many levels. It's about discovery and different worlds. It's about imagination and the power of a great picture book.
The illustrations accompanying the gentle narrative demonstrate multiple techniques. I love that Heidi has not limited herself to one approach - it adds to the subtle depth and the overall power. The front cover alone lends itself to many creative activities.
This is a book I keep coming back to, pouring over it in order to absorb its charm, intelligence and mystery.
York's Universe made the short list for the Crichton Award for Illustration, part of the CBCA Awards 2012. Check out the other nominees here.
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