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How To Live Forever (Red Fox Picture Books) Paperback – 5 Mar 1998

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (5 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099461811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099461814
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 0.5 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The story of a missing book, a child who holds the secret of everlasting life and a library that comes to life at night . . . Children and adults will relish it" (Financial Times)

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'You've come for this haven't you?' said the man holding out a small book. Peter took it and read the faded words:
HOW TO LIVE FOREVER, or IMMORTALITY FOR BEGINNERS...


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Format: Paperback
I found this book by accident in my local library and was immediately captivated by the illustrations, which are absolutely superb. They have a magical quality which matched the whimsical story, and I spent ages just finding all the visual jokes and giggles contained within them. A must-have for collectors of beautiful illustrations, and great fun to read and explore with a child. So I'm buying it. Janet S.
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I am a primary teacher and I first came across this book some years ago when a boy in my class chose it from the school library. I made a mental note to buy myself a copy and have only just got round to it having stumbled across it on Amazon - and I am so glad I did. This book is just stunning. The illustrations are fabulous works of art - intricate and imaginative - and many hours could easily be passed taking in all the detail. The story is wonderful too. The whole thing just gives me goosebumps! I love picture books and this is easily one of my favourites. In fact I'm just about to buy another copy for my mum (who loves books and art - perfect!). Definitely a must have for all collectors of picture books. An absolute classic, I can't rave about it enough...
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved everything about it, illustrations and the story. There are so many things to see on each page, and you are "forever" finding new details. I've had the book for three weeks, and I pick it up every few days. I have only just noticed Peter running through the blue and white garden, and the crushed paint tube which resembles a sleeping crescent moon (on the red lacquered shelves).

It is a magical story about a library that comes to life at night, and a young boy's quest to find a book that has been missing for 200 years.

It is a truly excellent book, and a modern day classic. Adults and Children of all ages are sure to love it. We did, and our ages range from seven to eighty two!

In fact, I've enjoyed it so much that I'm going to buy the hardback version too.
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I used this book in school and wanted to get my own copy. It is a brilliant book for children from Year 1 up to Year 6 in primary education. There is just enough text to encourage discussion and wonderful pictures throughout the book to engage the children into exciting and creative discussions. The level of dialogue achievable will depend on the age of the students but this has proven to be an excellent resource for reciprocal reading. If you are a teacher...get one asap. If you are a parent...get one and engage with your child(ren) in what could be a very thought provoking and interesting discussion by the time you get to the end of this book.
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Many people come to Colin Thompson by way of his wildly popular work for the Ravensburger jigsaw puzzle company in Germany. Some of Ravensburger's most popular 1,000 piece puzzles have been illustrated by Thompson as part of his "Cupboard" series of drawings. When people search for "Colin Thompson puzzles", sometimes, if they are lucky, they turn up Colin Thompson books.

The Thompson books are built around illustrations drawn in a similar style, although the ones here seem grander and more expansive. They feature full two page spread drawings; at least in hardback that makes each drawing about 11 by 17 inches. They are loaded with the same dense, busy, inventive, bizarre, and amusing bits as are the puzzle illustrations.

That said, sometimes Thompson books are carried entirely by the drawings, with just a minimal storyline to tie them together. Sometimes the point of the story is hard to decipher. Not so here. This book has a strong narrative - our hero is searching for the one book that teaches a person how to live forever, and, when he finds it, our hero has to decide whether to read it. The knowledge it contains has serious and life altering consequences. This is heady stuff, but it is handled gently and in a thought provoking manner.

This struck me as mostly a sit-and-look-at book. You could read it out loud, but without the illustrations the actual narrative lacks punch. However, as a sit together on the sofa and look at the drawings book, well, this is just superb. There are literally hours of looking built into the pages, and you could go through the book over and over again without exhausting its appeal.

So, if you have a little one who likes detailed, clever, funny art, or is at all drawn to visual story-telling or even just amusing pictures, this book, (and pretty much any Thompson illustrated book), could be a very nice choice.
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Format: Paperback
It was the bright and detailed cover of this book that first drew me in - as you can probably tell from the image above, it's very busy, with lots of tiny little details to look out for. I spent ages staring at the cover alone, with each passing of my eyes over the page revealing a new and surprising little detail - a tiny skull lurking in the corner, or a flock of flamingoes casually strolling about between the books, while a chicken pecks at her feet for corn. I love really detailed illustration like this - and luckily this style of illustration continues throughout the book, with each double page spread being a feast for the eyes.

There are a couple of pages that stand out for being a bit different - one page, describing a scene set in the Orient, is an excellent representation of Chinese Willow Pattern design - however these pages are different because it fits with the story.

The story itself started off excellently - a library that comes to life at night, with people and animals coming out from the books (which themselves turn into houses) and the main character Peter resolving, with his pet cat Brian, to find the book so they can both live forever . Sadly though, at about halfway through, the pace of the book seemed to slow down considerably . The ending of the book was particularly disappointing - not the ending itself, so much as the way it was written, which was incredibly vague and lacking the rich detail of the earlier pages in the book . My daughter had started to get bored of hearing the story towards the end and had wondered off, which I suppose speaks for itself.

Overall, I felt quite let down by this book - the early pages had seemed so promising, and the illustrations throughout were gorgeous. It's just a shame it lost pace and ended poorly.
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