The Crystal Mirror is a beautifully presented book of five short stories written by Tim Malnick and illustrated by Katie Green. At first glance you might assume that this colourful, large-format book is aimed squarely at children, but whilst younger readers will certainly enjoy the tales that have been gathered here, there is plenty to delight adult readers too.
The five stories contained in this book are entitled The Cuddliest Monster in the World, The Master Painter, Polly, the Girl Who Was Always Changing, The Story of Oswald the Bat and The Rainbow Bridge of the Sea. Tim Malnick is a teacher with the Longchen Foundation in the UK, and whilst there is nothing overtly Buddhist about any of these stories as far as externals are concerned, they all deliver a warm, compassionate and transformative message that will stay with the reader long after the book has been closed.
Each of Tim’s stories has been beautifully illustrated by Katie Green, who has been heralded as ‘a great new artist with huge potential’ by Forbidden Planet. This makes The Crystal Mirror a book that you will want to spend some real quality time with, and one that you will want to return to again and again, with each visit to its pages offering up a new and fresh experience.
The Crystal Mirror is a remarkable book in its own right, but what makes it even more impressive is how it came to be. The title was crowd-funded, and over £8,000 was raised in just six months by a total of 94 supporters, all of whom are named on a special Thank You spread at the end of the book.
Whether you choose to gift this book to yourself or to someone else, The Crystal Mirror is a title that will be treasured for a lifetime. The production values are of the highest possible standard, the stories are inspirational and the artwork is superb.