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The Straw Giant and The Crow pushes the boundaries of children’s literature

Author and illustrator, Jess Bosworth Smith, poses some important questions around diversity, identity and existentialism in her new children’s book, The Straw Giant & The Crow.

This beautifully illustrated picture book tells a heartfelt, mysterious and off-the-wall story about an unlikely relationship between a straw giant and a crow that was born out of the curious and slightly dark imagination of its author.

Jess’s book features a grumpy giant made of straw who chases all the animals away from his field. That is, until the Crow arrives and begins to leave him little gifts each morning, which results in a sweet and subtle friendship. However it’s not certain whether the Crow will last the Winter Solstice and be with the Straw Giant during his darkest time.

Jess believes that illustration is a fluid and multifaceted form of storytelling and uses experimental techniques and mediums to challenge industry norms. Her work often explores concepts of memory, history and the esoteric.

This quirky and heartwarming book can be purchased on the Imagnary House website.



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