“A reader lives thousand lives before he dies, the man who never reads lives only once”, These beautiful lines flashes before me every time I see the illustrations in this book.
This book is one of the best for its extraordinary illustrations , Colin Thompson is the author and also the illustrator ,who is famous for his drawings in ravensburger puzzles.
So here is the story,
There was a library with 1000 rooms ( which gives a aww feeling for book hoarders Like me ) it has copies of every book that has ever been written ,but one book is missing , two hundred years ago somebody had hidden the record card of the book in a cabinet and so the book disappeared .
Every night when the entire world sleeps , the shelves in the library come alive , doors and windows appear on the book ,lights were on , dogs bark, voices can be heard between the pages and the shelves are being joined by ladders and staircases , the entire library looks like a small city now..
Peter a boy lives in one of the books named as Quinces in the cookery shelf , finds the record card of the missing book and the title reads as “HOW TO LIVE FOREVER OR IMMORTALITY FOR BEGINNERS”.Immortal — peter loved these words and starts searching the book.
After a quiet long search , peter finds four men who are old and who also have the book , but he can’t believe as four of them are old after reading the book, whether the old men have read the book ? What is the reason for their aging ? Whether peter reads the book? all these questions are answered in the rest of story .
The story teaches us a valuable lesson, nothing is immortal , every life is subject to a change, it is necessary to be functional , change is required to value ones own life , without change everything in life becomes valueless .This was explained by the author in simple lines ” To live forever means not to live at all”
Bringing a city live between the book shelves through amazing illustrations ,will make this read a spellbinding experience .