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Bookworms Rejoice! 8 Classic Childhood Books Brought to Life

8 Classic Books Transformed into Works of ArtThe best books are the ones that enable you to create a picture in your mind’s eye. You read the words, you lose track of time, and your own private movie begins playing in your head. For most, a love of reading develops early and that’s why I make sure my children and I read at least one story every night before bed. I want them to make a habit out of getting lost in a good book. Plus, it is the most excellent way I know of to wind down at the end of the day.

I’m not the only one with a love for the vivid imagery books can create. Artist Kelly Campbell shares my sentiment.

“I am truly amazed at the ability some people have to arrange words in such a way that we, the readers, can actually ‘see’ into the imagined world of the writer. We relate, feel, and become invested in the characters so deeply that we are pulled into their world for a brief moment of escape,” Campbell said.

Campbell took her love of books one step further and used her talent to create intricate book sculptures that bring the tales of childhood to life. They are breathtaking. Check out a few of her creations:


  • Black Beauty 1 of 8
    Black Beauty
    Horse lovers unite! This one contains so many drawings of Black Beauty in action in almost appears to move before your eyes.
  • Charlotte’s Web 2 of 8
    Charlotte's Web
    This work has everything, but sound effects. The work is so intricate, however, that you can imagine them with little effort.
  • Fairies Tales 3 of 8
    Fairies Tales
    Whimsy made real. You can almost imagine a fairy peeling themselves from the page and flitting away.
  • Gulliver’s Travels 4 of 8
    Gulliver's Travels
    This is a copy of Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift would be proud of. It comes with its very own Lilliputians.
  • Little House in the Big Woods 5 of 8
    Little House in the Big Woods
    What child doesn't imagine what it would be like to live on the prairie with Laura Ingalls Wilder. This sculpture turned montage brings simple-living to life.
  • Stuart Little 6 of 8
    Stuart Little
    It is hard to pick a favorite amongst all these mice, but the mouse hanging from the title deserves an honorable mention.
  • The Hobbit 7 of 8
    The Hobbit
    The use of black and white and pops of color makes this work of art stand out amongst the collection. The dragon is a highlight!
  • Where the Wild Things Are 8 of 8
    Where the Wild Things Are
    This is a hands down favorite -- the book and the sculpture.

 

Campbell sales her work on Etsy. Have a look at more of her work here. All photos by Kelly Berry.

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