The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum by Kate Bernheimer, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli (Schwartz & Wade Books, 2008)
In a toy museum filled with eclectic toys, children peer into a glass globe. Inside the globe they see a castle - and within the castle is a girl. As children peer inside and she peers back out at them, a quiet dialog of imagination begins. The girl is lonely and just waiting for visitors: "Now in her room and in her dreams, inside the castle inside the museum, inside this book you hold in your hands, you keep her company in a magical world. Do you see her? She sees you." Italian artist Nicoletta Ceccoli creates fantastic magical layouts with a mix of photography, illustration, clay figures and digital media. For children and adults whom the realm of fantasy and imagination is appreciated, this unique and beautiful book will surely hit the spot.