Charlie can't wait to go the carnival, but first his mum must find his party hat and red balloon. While she searches, Charlie imagines all the wonderful things they might see—lemonade rivers and lollipop trees, elephant taxis and a cake as big as a town square.
When they finally arrive at the carnival, it's even more amazing and magical than Charlie had hoped.
This beautiful book, from award-winning children's author and illustrator Marit Törnqvist, celebrates the intensity of children's imaginations and their ability to see their imagined worlds as reality.
Children will love following Charlie on his adventure revealing the secrets of the many fold-out pages and exploring illustrations that are a riot of colour. Marit's vibrant artwork is accompanied by a lyrical story of awe, adventure and the loving relationship between a parent and child.
(Ages 4–7 years)
“A simply beautiful picture book.... Marit's vibrant artwork is accompanied by a lyrical story of awe, adventure and the loving relationship between a parent and child.... Highly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review
“Imagination takes reality for a grand ride in this Dutch import.... Filled with life and color, extravagantly costumed carnival goers, surreal details, and droll side business.... A joyful celebration of free-range fantasizing.” —Kirkus
“Children can pore over the minutiae of this detailed wonder-world.... A cavalcade of riotous illustrations revel in the excitement of the carnival.” —Armadillo
“A joyous and riotous story about hopes, happiness and wonder.... A spectacular picture book featuring several fold-out pages physically emphasizing how full to the brim this story is with joy, wit and wonder, Charlie's Magical Carnival is guaranteed to put smiles on faces young and old alike.” —Playing by the Book—∞
Marit Törnqvist was born in 1964 in Uppsala, Sweden and divides her time between the Netherlands and Sweden. She studied illustration at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. In 2011 she was awarded a Golden Plaque from the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava, one of the most prestigious children's illustration awards. She has illustrated several of Astrid Lindgren's picture books, including A Calf for Christmas and Goran's Great Escape (Floris Books) and is also the author of many other books for children.