The Fate of Fausto: A Painted Fable (Hardcover)

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A TIME Best Children's Book of 2019!
A Chicago Public Library 2019 Best of the Best Book!

*"This minimalistic masterpiece is a must-read for all ages." --School Library Journal (starred review!)

A quirky, cautionary tale from beloved New York Times bestselling picture book creator Oliver Jeffers!


There was once a man who believed he owned everything and set out to survey what was his.

"You are mine," Fausto said to the flower, the sheep, and the mountain, and they all bowed before him. But they were not enough for Fausto, so he conquered a boat and set out to sea . . .

Combining bold art and powerful prose, and working in traditional lithographic printmaking techniques for the first time, world-renowned talent Oliver Jeffers has created a poignant modern-day fable to touch the hearts of adults and children alike.

Praise for The Fate of Fausto:

"Jeffers paints Fausto and the objects of his desire with the nonchalant finesse he is known for and in the richly saturated colors he generally favors... Jeffers delivers swift justice in a few concluding words that make for an ending that satisfies for being both fair-minded and irrevocable."--New York Times Book Review

"Boldly conceived and gracefully executed."--Publishers Weekly

"A parable sure to spark lively discussions." --Booklist

"A cautionary fable on the banality of belligerence." --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author


Oliver Jeffers makes art and tells stories. From his highly acclaimed debut, How to Catch a Star he has gone on to create a collection of bestselling picture books which have been translated into many language all over the world, winning multiple awards including the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Gold Award, Blue Peter Book of the Year, and CBI Book of the Year and he has been shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal five times. Lost and Found was made into a BAFTA-winning animated film. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and young son.

Praise For…


"Jeffers, who couples sparse prose with cheeky and minimalistic prints to drive home his moral warning, orchestrates a resounding interplay of images and words . . . . The result is a contemplative reading experience for readers of all ages." --TIME

"Jeffers paints Fausto and the objects of his desire with the nonchalant finesse he is known for and in the richly saturated colors he generally favors... Jeffers delivers swift justice in a few concluding words that make for an ending that satisfies for being both fair-minded and irrevocable."--New York Times Book Review

“Spacious, luminous lithographic illustrations combine with stark hand-set text in this powerful, beautiful fable.”-- The Guardian 

"In Jeffers’s first book featuring lithography, a medium that reproduces the energy of his lines with startling vividness, dashes of violent pink, acid yellow, and Prussian blue punctuate expanses of white space. Boldly conceived and gracefully executed, Jeffers’s dark fable imagines what happens when desire leads to selfishness and self-destruction, and shows the merits of calm refusal in the face of dangerous individuals."--Publishers Weekly

"A parable sure to spark lively discussions." --Booklist

"A cautionary fable on the banality of belligerence." --Kirkus Reviews


Product Details
ISBN: 9780593115015
ISBN-10: 0593115015
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: September 17th, 2019
Pages: 96