Many of the pictures, with their echoes of fairy tales and children’s stories, might be described as “charming”, or even “cute”, but then on the next page the reader is confronted with an image that totally jars – a headless torso, a tree sprouting from the top of a boy’s head, a strange monster, or an unearthly fruit. ... It’s a dissonance that fascinates, and it can be found in the accompanying poetry, too. ...From my review of Shahril Nizam's magical collection of illustrations and poetry If Only, in Starmag today.
... The book’s slightly other worldly quality is further emphasised by the quaint formality of Shahril’s word choice (for example, enraptured, partake, comely, reverie, perchance, methinks), items that have long slipped from the general English lexicon. And the poems themselves, often written in rhyming quatrains, are often reminiscent of Victorian verse. (Think Edward Lear or Lewis Carroll.)
The book has two different covers, so you can choose the one you like best!