This is a story about a prince. He lived in a palace that seemed to have been specially designed to make someone who already felt small feel even smaller. He rarely saw his parents, who were always busy being the King and Queen; and, unlike other children, the Prince never spent time dreaming about what he would be when he grew up because he knew that when his father died, he would become King. It was his destiny.
The only person who treated the Prince like a normal child was the Bootman. Understanding that everyone needs something to call their own, the Bootman gave the Prince a pen with invisible ink and a special torch that allowed him to create a world that only he could see.
One night, as the Prince was drawing on the curtains that surrounded his bed, he noticed a small hole and beyond that a trapdoor, which led to the attic. And in the attic he found a window and a way to sneak out of the palace and experience the real world…
Although a primarily a Children's book, there was something quite captivating and magical about The Invisible Kingdom that pulled me. The papercuts are beautiful and elegant. The illustrations were my favourite part about the book, they were fascinating, to the point I ended up daydreaming about certain illustrations. The story is set inside a castle then moves into the city I love seeing these come to live with illustrations, this book lets you delve into your own imagination. The storyline is about finding yourself, creating your own path in life. The words are charming and help enhance the images. Rob Ryan creates a world that is relevant and recognisable.
The quality of the book is outstanding, I have the hardback edition, it's a book you want to cherish forever, with quality images and colours. This is the first book of a trilogy so I'm interested in reading the others.
It would make a perfect gift for those who love to read, those who love art, those who like to get lost inside their heads. As Rob Ryan says its for children aged 8 to 80.
Have you read The Invisible Kingdom?