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Silky Oak Press

We're so excited to finally have our (very) small press up and running. Good books are magic things, and we're loving doing our bit to help bring some special ones into the world. http://silkyoakpress.com.au

The Emperor of Absurdia by Chris Riddell

The Emperor of Absurdia - Chris Riddell


I bought this gorgeous book from The Book Centre in Kilkenny, Ireland.

I spent many hours browsing its books and stationery, or having tea & cake in the upstairs cafe. I even queued there at midnight, with an enthusiastic teenager, for the last Harry Potter book!


This book is about a little boy having the most extraordinary dream.

Beautifully illustrated with an intricate pen and wash style with mainly rich blues & egg-yellow gold and small touches of pinks & greens. The creatures have been drawn in a fantastical style, sort of Dr Seuss-ish. They include a dragon with a goatee, big birds, toads, snoring fish and the hirsute Wardrobe Monster. 


Strange and wonderful!