It is Carnival time in Charlie’s town and he cannot wait to join in the fun. While Mama searches for Charlie’s red balloon and party hat he imagines all the sights and wonders in store. In the following pages the real carnival and the magical carnival of Charlie’s imagination merge and blur in a succession of incredibly detailed illustrations that celebrate the power of a child’s imaginative creativity and sense of wonder and joy.
Marit Tornqvist is an award-winning illustrator, born in Sweden and based in The Netherlands, and this picture book, translated from the original Dutch, showcases her gouache and acrylic paintings, which are crammed full of detail and visual humour. The fold-out pages add to the sense of wonder and expand Charlie’s imaginary world. Child readers will love poring over all the quirky and witty details and will relish the fact that Charlie is in control of this world and is able to reassure his mother and guide her through it. This vibrant, translated picture book will give children the satisfying experience of exploring an intriguing and entrancing visual landscape.