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Ergo by Alexis Deacon


  • By: Alexis Deacon
  • 2021 | Hardcover
  • ISBN is 9781536217803 / 1536217808
  • Publisher: Candlewick

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The creative team behind I Am Henry Finch offers a picture book Plato for little ones, as Ergo the chick, from inside her egg, contemplates the world—and her place in it. Ergo wakes up and sets off to explore the world. The first things she discovers are her toes. Wiggle, wiggle. Then she finds her wings. Flap, flap. Then her beak. And her legs. She has discovered everything! I am the world and the world is me, she thinks. Until she considers the wall around her. Is that part of her, too? And is that noise from beyond the wall . . . something else? At once humorous and inspirational, this lighthearted foray by Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz is for dreamers and philosophers, the foolish and the enlightened—a picture book experience told with simplicity and style.

About the Author:

Alexis Deacon

Alexis Deacon is a writer and illustrator of children’s books. His first book, Slow Loris, was published in 2002 and was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. In 2015 it was named one of the hundred best children’s books of all time by Time Magazine. He has twice been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and is a two time recipient of The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award. In 2014 The River won the Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize. In 2008 he was chosen by Booktrust as one of the ten best new illustrators of the preceding decade.

About the Illustrator:

Viviane Schwarz

From I am Viv Schwarz, a writer and illustrator of books: Picture books, comics, craft books, interactive books; award winning and published internationally. I also invent games, teach, and draw on stage. I was born in Germany. As a child I spent a lot of my time inventing and making things with my family. After reading American Literature and Linguistics at Bonn university, I emigrated to England. I studied illustration here and now hold a Master’s degree in Authorial Illustration from Falmouth College of Arts. My first book was published in 2001. Since then I have written and/or illustrated over a dozen picture books and a graphic novel. I live and work in London.

Introducing author/illustrator Alexis Deacon

Ergo by Alexis Deacon Reviews:

“This is simultaneously a sweet story of a beginning and a sly exploration of epistemology (Ergo’s name works nicely as a Cartesian reference as well as an egg-sounding term), with an additional message about the value of breaking past isolation to connect. Schwarz’s simple, fluid line and watercolor illustrations get a lot of mileage out of Ergo’s wide, wondering eyes, and the palette stealthily begins to add tones on top of the basic yellow and black as Ergo grasps more about the world. Kids of different ages will appreciate this at different levels, but they’ll all be prompted to think more about how they know what they know.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Now for a picture book to truly work it must be a collaboration between the story/text and the art. Mr. Deacon’s text is fantastic. Ms. Schwarz’s art, however, elevates it.”—A Fuse #8 Production

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