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Ergo - Alexis Deacon

Ergo

By: Alexis Deacon, Viviane Schwarz (Illustrator)

Paperback | 3 August 2022

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From award-winning picture book makers Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz comes an enlightening new story about discovering the world – and your place in it.

For budding philosophers of all ages, this is the uplifting story of Ergo the chick. Ergo wakes up and sets about exploring her world. She discovers her toes. She discovers her wings and her beak. She has discovered EVERYTHING! But then she considers the wall. And something outside the wall goes BUMP. What could it be? The only way to find out is to peck peck peck through to the other side…

This is an inspiring story told with heaps of humour. Like its predecessor, I Am Henry Finch, Ergo is a book for everyone – from the very young to the very old. It is for dreamers, philosophers, artists, the foolish and the enlightened. A profound picture book experience told with simplicity and style.

About the Author

Alexis Deacon's first picture book Slow Loris (2002) was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. His second Beegu (2003) was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award and selected by the New York Times as one of the year's best illustrated children's books. In 2008, he was chosen as one of the Ten Best New Illustrators as part of the Booktrust's Big Picture Campaign. He illustrated Russell Hoban's children's books, Soonchild and Jim's Lion, and Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black, written by Marcus and Julian Sedgewick.

About the Illustrator

Viviane Schwarz is the author-illustrator of the highly acclaimed picture books There Are Cats in this Book and There Are No Cats in this Book, both of which were shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal (2009, 2012). The Adventures of a Nose was also shortlisted for the V&A illustration Award. She was named one of the Booktrust's Best New Illustrators 2011. Her debut graphic novel The Sleepwalkers was nominated for the British Comics Awards and her activity picture book Welcome to Your Awesome Robot (Flying Eye Books) was published to great acclaim.
Industry Reviews
Praise for I Am Henry Finch:

Original, thought provoking and very funny. * The Bookseller *

This is an uplifting and hilarious story about a little bird called Henry Finch, and his endearing struggles to become something great. He makes a lot of mistakes on the way, but his courage is inspiring, getting kids to think about what it means to make a difference. * Anorak *

Ideal for inquisitive kids * The Times *

A very sweet story, happy, gentle and adventurous, this is one to lead us all to consider the entire world...and our place in it. Tender, funny, full of thought, it acts as a guide into life and shows the value of connection. ERGO is wonderful! -- Mary Esther Judy * Fallen Star Stories *

I don't do this lightly - but THIS is genius. I find favourites hard - but if I did have one, my favourite picture book of the year would probably be Ergo by Alexis Deacon and Vivian Schwarz. A triumph in design. Profound simplicity. * Nikki Gamble *

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