An imaginative fantasy that gives readers plenty of room to roam.

Kirkus Reviews

Cornelia and the Jungle Machine


A picture book that takes the young reader into the jungle and immerses them in a filmic universe of mechanical wonders.

Translated by Don Bartlett


  • Description

    Cornelia and her parents move in to a new house. Bored, she is sent to play outside. She discovers a hidden treehouse and a boy her own age…
    “Do you really live here all alone?” she asks.
    “No, I live here with my inventions. Come and take a look.”
    Inside Cornelia is introduced to a magical machine. A jungle machine!

    Nora Brech’s gothic illustrations are packed with imaginative details and perspectives. Her pictures play with references to classical children’s literature, and the book’s large format is fully utilized when Cornelia climbs up the tall trees. Through an extreme wide-angle lens, the reader is sucked in to a powerfully detailed world.

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin Norway
    Reader Age 5-7 year, 6-8 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Youth Services Book Review

      This large and elegant picture book is dense with Edward Gorey-esque drawings in watercolor and pen & ink that really grab and hold the viewer.

    2. Kirkus Reviews

      The pictures are intricately lined and rich with detail. Expansive images push beyond their edges to make grand use of the tall, rectangular trim. An imaginative fantasy that gives readers plenty of room to roam.

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