Summer is a time for recharging, reflecting, and reading! Each summer I find myself with a little extra time to take a look at my stack of books that are in my ever-growing to-be-read pile. In May, I received a package from Peachtree Publishers. It was wrapped in an aged box with a book, hot chocolate, thimble, and a letter. I was immediately drawn to the artwork on the cover of Lilliput, written by ‘Sam Gayton and illustrated by Alice Ratterree.
The cover is filled with many details of characters, events, and objects in the book. This summer, as I found time to read the book, I often looked back at the cover and understood a little more about the illustration that had caught my attention from the very beginning.
Lilliput is the story of Lily, a Lilliputian, who was stolen away from her home by the famous Gulliver of Gulliver’s Travels. Lily is being held captive by Gulliver while he writes his book of his travels. She is his proof that the land of Lilliput actually exists. Lily hatches multiple escape plans to get back to her home, but she repeatedly gets caught and punished for her efforts. Across the course of her escapes, Lily meets a cast of amazing characters:
- Finn, a clock maker’s apprentice who is being held prisoner himself
- Mr. Ozinda, a Spaniard with a famed Chocolate House
- Swift, a bird caged within a clock
- Mr. Plinker, an evil clock maker who designs clocks that torture or force people to spend most of their time working rather than having fun
There really is a character for everyone whether you love animals, evil villains, giants, spoiled bratty girls, clever boys, or fairies. Throughout the book, you’ll find several steampunk illustrations by Alice Ratterree. I love every one of them!
The book is divided into 3 parts: Escaping, Searching, and Leaving. Each chapter is fairly short, which I love. Short chapters make me read a book so much faster. I always think, “I can read one more chapter. It’s only a few pages.” Before I know it, I’m done with the book. I find this a big selling point for reluctant readers as well.
Lilliput is filled with adventure. You’ll be cheering Lily on as she works with other characters in the book to get back to the place where she belongs. You’ll find yourself clenching your toes as you read faster and faster to see if this plan is the plan that finally works. You’ll want to get your own revenge on the evil Mr. Plinker and stinky giant Gulliver.
My favorite quote from the entire book was:
It made me think about all of the things in the world that have held me back and all I’ve done to work to get beyond those barriers. Lilliput will inspire readers to keep trying no matter what obstacles are standing in their way. Just when you are at your point of giving up is the point where you need to keep trying the most.
I highly encourage you to check out Lilliput when it is released on August 1, 2015. I can’t wait to recommend this title to all of the Barrow readers when we return to school.
You can learn more about Sam Gayton here.
You can learn more about Alice Ratterree here.