The Lying Carpet


The Lying Carpet
Andersen Press 2008

“Everything I have said is a lie.
Nothing I have said is true.”

A story about a statue of a little girl who yearns to live, and her friendship with a tiger carpet.

Hardback – £ 10.99
ISBN 13: 978-1-84270-441-7
ISBN 10: 1842704419
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Paperback – £6.99
ISBN 13: 978-1-84939-017-0 ISBN 10: 1849390177
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‘Reading The Lying Carpet is a dreamy experience - the language is lovely; the free verse has an offbeat rhythm; the illustrations are breathtaking... older readers may think of Kierkegaard’s ‘Fear and Trembling’ and ‘The Present Age’ - the poetry, the paradoxes, the musings on leaps of faith, the need for passion and the awareness of self. I can see high school and college philosophy students finding endless discussion fodder in ‘The Lying Carpet’; it would be a great graduation gift for black clad poetesses.’ New York Times

‘Lucas’s first book for older readers reveals that he’s as remarkable a writer as he is an illustrator.’ Publisher's Weekly

‘an exquisite and provoking contemplation of truth, hope, dreams and the power of stories.’ The Daily Telegraph

‘beautiful and mysterious... this will tug relentlessly on the mind and heart of any child ready to read it.’ Kirkus Reviews

‘The Lying Carpet by virtuoso storyteller and illustrator David Lucas... is an enduring allegorical story about the virtue of truth and standing up for what you believe in.’ The Bookseller