The Imaginaries: Little Scraps of Larger Stories (Hardcover)
Spring 2020 Kids Indie Next List
“Beautiful, whimsical, and ethereal are the thoughts and illustrations that make up The Imaginaries. At once a book of story starters and idea encouragers, The Imaginaries could also serve as a most intriguing coffee table art book. Emily Winfield Martin just never disappoints!”
— Angie Tally, The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC
Best-selling author/illustrator of The Wonderful Things You Will Be, Emily Winfield Martin, shares her "Imaginaries": paintings from over the last ten years, captioned with one enigmatic sentence, designed to inspire.
From mermaids and giant flowers to magical robes and mysterious characters, this full-color collection of old and new art from Emily Winfield Martin will inspire the artist and writer in you! Each glorious image is given a mysterious or magical one-line caption--the beginning of a story, or maybe the middle--you imagine the rest.
The captions are hand-written on vintage scraps of paper, envelopes, postcards and more. Akin to the Chris van Allsburg book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The Imaginairies is destined to become a cult classic in its own right.
The book is unjacketed with foil and a matte finish on the cover; a treasure to keep and display and pore over for years.
About the Author
#1 New York Times bestseller Emily Winfield Martin is the author and illustrator of Dream Animals, Day Dreamers, The Wonderful Things You Will Be, The Littlest Family's Big Day, Oddfellow's Orphanage, and Snow and Rose. Emily is known to wander in the woods whenever she can. She lives ilives in Portland, Oregon in a little house with a hobbit door and lots of bookshelves. You can find her at emilywinfieldmartin.com.
“Martin has truly created something unique and inspiring for storytellers and explorers, young and old.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“Romantic is the vibe…. Whimsical writing prompts in a vintage style for your inner Wes Anderson.” —Kirkus Reviews
"A stirring sheaf of variations on the theme of luxurious eccentricity." —Publishers Weekly
Fun stories for those just learning how to read. Though I love the book, I can't guarantee I will sit still long enough to listen. There is just so much to explore. - Pippi, bookstore cat