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If . . . 25th-Anniversary Edition

Sarah Perry

Take a fantastical journey through an inspiring world where anything can happen: leaves turn into fish, cats fly with wings, humans have tails, frogs eat rainbows, and dreams become visible. 

First published in 1995, Sarah Perry’s delightful picture book of “surreal possibilities” was the Getty’s first children’s title. Twenty-five years later it remains a visual feast that children of all ages enjoy.  

Reissued to celebrate a remarkable book’s 25th anniversary, this enhanced edition includes new illustrations and a reader’s guide to the secrets of If… and is sure to appeal to a brand-new generation.

Recommended for ages three and up.

Sarah Perry is a sculptor who lives in California’s Tehachapi Mountains.

Reader's Guide

“Filled with fantastical ideas shown in photorealistic artwork . . . what will you dream up after reading this book?”
—Melissa Taylor, Imagination Soup

“Unreservedly recommended [for] family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 4-8.”
Midwest Book Review

Praise for the first edition of If…:

“Imagination is the name of the game, and Perry plays with it with distinction. Eye-catching, mind-bending illustrations.”

“Strange but fun.”
New York Times Book Review

“The artwork is arresting.”
Publishers Weekly  

“Magical watercolors.”
Salt Lake Tribune

“An extraordinary book that launches the imagination of all those who pass through the pages.”
The Bloomsbury Review

“Sparkling watercolor illustrations and verbal flights of fancy.”
Los Angeles Times

“This is interactive art at its most fulfilling.”
Los Angeles View

“If you are looking for a little inspiration, a different way of seeing the world, or a chance to let your imagination run wild, this beautifully produced book should do the trick.”
Rumpus Review 

“If is designed to stimulate creativity through 20 magical watercolors.”
The Disney Channel Magazine

48 pages
8 1/2 x 10 1/8 inches
41 color illustrations
ISBN 978-1-947440-05-0

Getty Publications
Imprint: J. Paul Getty Museum