This week is a really exciting week…. This week sees the official launch of the fabulous Wide Eyed Editions publishing house.
Now, I know what you ‘re thinking. Does anyone really get excited by such things? Ordinarily, no, this sort of thing would pass me by, however Wide Eyed Editions are something rather special.
I first came across them on twitter last year when they were tweeting images from some of their 2015 titles and I instantly fell in love. I was thrilled to be sent a copy of the truly brilliant Atlas of Adventures and, more recently, the beautiful Nature’s Day.
When I was little, birthdays and Christmas (and other gift giving events) usually saw me come away with a clutch of book vouchers and books. For me, the perfect gift. I had a love affair with the works of Roald Dhal, Michael Morpurgo, Dick King-Smith as well as other non-fiction books.
I recall trips to the big Waterstones on Manchester’s Deansgate to spend the tokens, trying to ensure I could take away as many books as possible.
When I was working in St Ann’s Square in Manchester, a short walk from the Deansgate shop lunchtimes would be spent wandering the aisles of Waterstones, looking for the latest crime novel, or a political book, religious theories or history. I have explored the works of Carl Hiassen, Martina Cole, Freya North alongside books on Catholicism, theories of liberal democracy and many other diverse topics.
I have lost myself in the Tudor Era as I have fallen into the fictional works of Phillippa Gregory and then read David Starkey and others as he charted the lives of Henry VIII wives. I’ve discovered books by Michael Parenti, Naomi Klein, Noam Chomksy as well as other addressing issues such as the European Union.
A good book shop entices you in; makes you thirst for knowledge and I rarely leave Waterstones empty-handed. I could easily walk about with a carrier bag or two full of books.
It is, I think, the thing I miss the most from my pre children life. Books. Buying them and reading them. I just don’t have the time anymore to devote to reading as I once did.
Wide Eyed Editions however are different. They are a rare breed of book publishers, I think. Firstly the books they publish are works of art. The two I have had beg to be touched, to be laid out on the floor with the family spread around reading and pointing out things together. The quality of the print and the paper is superb. They are books that absolutely show why physical books will not die out. There will always be a place for books like these.
Wide Eyed Editions states that
We are creators of original non-fiction for children and families and believe that books should encourage curiosity about the world we live in, inspiring readers to set out on their own journey of discovery. Our stellar cast of illustrators and authors will bring a new sense of wonder to classic themes in simple, quality formats that look at feel like beautiful objects.
And they are not wrong. Their books are breathtakingly beautiful – I have watched as Daniel has gazed upon them, drinking in the images and touching the pages as he tells me the things he can see.
My two books from Wide Eyed Editions will soon be joined by one that I first saw a few months back and I knew it would soon have a place on our bookshelf. Creaturepedia looks amazing. The illustrations look vibrant and I can’t wait for it to arrive this week.
Wide Eyed Editions for me produce books that excite the senses – they are aesthetically pleasing to both adults and children. The content is beautiful, clear and engaging. I foresee many happy hours passed with these books sprawled on the table, on the floor or on the beds of the children. Plotting their adventures and satisfying their appetites for learning. Books like these help lead to a love of books and I can’t wait to see the future titles.
If you love books your really must head over to Wide Eyed Editions – I defy you to not fall in love with them.