REVIEW: THE LAND OF NOD, BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON & ROBERT HUNTER

land-of-nodThe Land of Nod
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrated by Robert Hunter
Published by Flying Eye Books

Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Land of Nod was one of my favourite poems growing up. It’s had no shortage of published versions over the years, each accompanied by illustrations that, almost without exception, fail to live up to the wonderful words.

Artist Robert Hunter aims to remedy that fact with his Flying Eye edition, and succeeds admirably.

Using a stunning combination of shocking pinks and a mix of blues to evoke the feeling of night-time, Hunter has created a work that brings to mind Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen in the way that details from the hero’s waking life are re-purposed to populate the dream world. (A spoon becomes a boat, a zipper the entrance to a cave.) There’s a great sense of movement to the spreads, and a feeling of the ethereal.

The Land of Nod is a wonderful introduction to both poetry and surrealism. Highly recommended.


Kinderlit received a copy of The Land of Nod in exchange for an honest review. Review our Review Policy HERE

 

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