East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Hardcover)

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This cold and, so far, dreary winter makes me long to curl up a good book to lift my spirits. I just want to sit down with some hot cocoa while reading a cozy and fun pick-me-up story. East of Sun, West of the Moon by Jackie Morris was a natural choice. Morris’s beautiful re-telling of the classic Norwegian fairy-tail is one I return to again and again when I need a little bright spot in winter. I particularly love and connect with this story due to my own Norwegian heritage.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon is a classic Norwegian fairytale about a mysterious white bear that comes and asks for the daughter of a peasant family to come with him and live in his castle in the north and in return the girl's family will be rich. The peasant girl is reluctant at first but chooses to go with the bear willingly. The first part of the incredible story focuses on the girl living in the bear's secret, remote and beautiful castle. Here the girl is treated courteously with her every want and need magically attended to. But the girl notices the bear’s great sadness and the mystery around her white bear, and why he has brought her to his castle,  deepens. As the girl makes more discoveries and new secrets are revealed, the story moves on to even greater adventures and dangerous journeys. The girl encounters many more magical things on her travels to the home of the four winds and finally to the castle that lies east of the sun, west of the moon.   

Morris’s retelling of this classic tale is simply spellbinding. She gives it a modern backdrop which helps it feel more real as it moves from dark city alley’s to snowy moon-lit forests. While Morris's beautifully retold story is lovely to read, it's really the author's illustrations that bring it to life. Jackie Morris is known for her stunning water-color artwork and this book is filled with her beautiful full page and smaller detail work. Each gorgeous illustration helps to showcase another part of this beautiful story. 

I can’t recommend this book enough. Between Morris’s delightful writing and her ravishing artwork this book was just what I needed to read this winter. This new edition of Jackie Morris’s retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon is an exquisite example of this author's ability to uplift and infuse a simple tale with warmth and incredible beauty. This is the perfect book to cure any winter blues for yourself or others. It also doubles as an excellent late Christmas present too.

— Rachel Fowler


From the moment she saw him, the girl knew the bear had come for her. How many times had she dreamed of him? Now, here he was, as if spelled from her dreams.
This encounter marks the beginning of a long and extraordinary journey. At the bear's secret palace in faraway mountains, she is treated courteously but troubled by the bear's unfathomable sadness. As the bear's secret unravels, another adventure unfolds, which takes her to the homes of the four winds and beyond, to the castle east of the sun, west of the moon.

In this new edition of Jackie Morris's captivating picture book, the acclaimed writer and artist retells this classic Norwegian fairy tale - a mysterious story of love, loyalty and freedom.

"Beautiful, lyrical and lovely." Joanne Harris on The Wild Swans

"Jackie Morris does more than tell a story; she conjures glorious landscapes of the heart." Meg Rosoff
For The Unwinding:

"A quiet masterpiece . . . a love story, a hope story, a story out of time, out of stricture, out of the narrow artificial bounds by which we try to contain the wild wonderland of reality because we are too frightened to live wonder-stricken." Maria Popova, Brain Pickings

"The tales feel like half-remembered dreams, peopled with fairytale characters and magnificent creatures." Rebecca Armstrong, i Paper Best Books of 2020

About the Author

Jackie Morris is an author and illustrator. She studied illustration at Hereford College of Art and Bath Academy and has illustrated many books, and written some. The Lost Words, co-authored with Robert Macfarlane, won the Kate Greenaway Medal 2019. She lives in Pembrokeshire. @JackieMorrisArt

Product Details
ISBN: 9781783528868
ISBN-10: 1783528869
Publisher: Unbound
Publication Date: August 30th, 2022
Pages: 336
Language: English