The City of Dreaming Books (Paperback)

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Yes, you can read an adult fantasy book with pictures! The illustrations are so kooky and whimsical they really add to the feeling of nostalgia you get while reading this book. It is so magical and creative, yet not childish. It will easily become a classic for me that I will read time and time again.

— From Baeyle


The search for the author’s identity takes Yarnspinner to Bookholm—the so-called City of Dreaming Books. On entering its streets, our hero feels as if he has opened the door of a gigantic second-hand bookshop. His nostrils are assailed by clouds of book dust, the stimulating scent of ancient leather, and the tang of printer’s ink. Soon, though, Yarnspinner falls into the clutches of the city's evil genius, Pfistomel Smyke, who treacherously maroons him in the labyrinthine catacombs underneath the city, where reading books can be genuinely dangerous. In The City of Dreaming Books, Walter Moers transports us to a magical world where reading is a remarkable adventure. Only those intrepid souls who are prepared to join Yarnspinner on his perilous journey should read this book. We wish the rest of you a long, safe, unutterably dull and boring life!

Product Details
ISBN: 9781590201114
ISBN-10: 1590201116
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication Date: September 2nd, 2008
Pages: 464
Language: English