Monday 26 September 2022

Jorn’s Magnificent Imagination

Jorn’s Magnificent Imagination by Coral Vass, illustrated by Nicky Johnston (EK Books) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781922539144

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

As a young boy, Jorn loved to build and create new things. He was constantly inspired by his surroundings and was always collecting ideas. Not everyone liked his creative efforts, but encouraging words always came from his parents, and he persisted. As Jorn got older he pursued his architectural dreams and expanded upon his imaginative and daring building ideas. One day he entered a design competition for what would later become an iconic Australian landmark, and one of the most famous buildings in the world.

Jorn’s Magnificent Imagination is an informative picture book that tells the intriguing true story of the creative mind behind the visually stunning Sydney Opera House. The cartoon-like illustrations support the text beautifully and the final endpapers include a timeline of the professional highlights in Jorn Utzon’s architectural career. Jorn’s Magnificent Imagination is suitable for children aged 4–8 years old and is recommended for any primary school library.

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