In the Attic by Hiawyn Oram and Satoshi Kitamura

In a scenario familiar to kids and parents alike, a little boy is surrounded by “a million toys” but declares that he is bored. Although, not for long, as he resourcefully climbs a special ladder into the attic.

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And here, the brilliantly detailed double-page illustrations take us along on the boy’s fantastical adventures in a magical world where nothing is as it seems, and games with newfound friends can go on forever.

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The “attic” is, of course, a metaphor for the boy’s colourful imagination, and In the Attic is a sumptuous celebration of a child’s wonderfully limitless world.

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It just goes to show that you will never feel alone or bored as long as you are equipped with that most priceless of gifts: a creative and imaginative mind. Who needs a roomful of toys anyway?

p.s. The little twist at the end adds a new dimension to the story, and will make you read it again with new eyes.

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