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. The enhanced epub version, in celebration of Groundwood’s 35th anniversary, includes a read-aloud feature of the story narrated by the author herself.
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 hand-lettered 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.