Up in the Tree

Up in the Tree

Book - 2006
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This story about the adventures of two children who live up in a tree is vintage Atwood -- playful, whimsical and wry. The perfect integration of words and pictures creates a coherent and delightful whole.

When this charming book was first published in 1978, there was a widespread idea that it was too expensive and risky to publish a children's book in Canada. And so Margaret Atwood not only wrote and illustrated the book, she handlettered the type! The book was created in the old-fashioned way, using only two colors that mixed together to produce a surprisingly large range of tones and textures. The delightful result reminds us that technology hasn't necessarily made things better. This facsimile edition renders intact the unique pleasures of the original.

Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780888997296
Branch Call Number: JP Gay
Characteristics: 30 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm


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LPL_DanC Apr 21, 2016

Margaret Atwood wrote and illustrated a picture book? Yes, and even hand-lettered it. Possibly she chopped down the trees and converted them by hand into the paper it's printed on, as well. After all, she's a Canadian, and they can do anything. Especially make great picture books, like this one.

melissapowl Jun 05, 2009

I love this book--one of the few Atwood books in my collection. In 1978 there wasn't much interest in publishing children's books in Canada so Ms. Atwood wrote, illustrated (using only two colours) and even hand-lettered the text. Of course the fact that one of the main characters is an owl is what attracted me to it in the first place!

Jun 01, 2009

Easy to read, short story with basic pictures. Any age.

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