Every so often, I read a book that captures my heart. As I close the book, I embrace it with a little hug. I feel sad that my reading journey had ended, yet satisfied that a book so beautiful exists in the world. My new favorite book is If I Were A Book by José Jorge Letria and illustrations by André Letria.
If I Were a Book celebrates the magic and wonder of reading. It personifies books and likens them to people who can change your life. A few of my favorite sentiments from the book are:
"If I were a book, I would not want to know at the beginning how my story ends.”
"If I were a book, I'd be one skyscraper in the city of words."
"If I were a book, I'd like to have my own magical place in every child's imagination."
As a librarian, I have to say . . . if I were a book, I’d be a library book. Sharing the adventure within my pages with one reader after another; an endless journey of new faces and places.
I highly recommend this book for bibliophiles of all ages. The illustrations are simple yet gorgeous. They visually capture the essence of the author’s message, making this father-son duo a dynamic partnership.
If I Were a Book is essentially a love letter from books to readers. It provides a voice to the feelings associated with a paramount read, and honors that special relationship and bond.