Jørn’s Magnificent Imagination

USD $18.99

Celebrating new ideas that can make a world of difference, Jørn’s Magnificent Imagination is the true story of Jørn Utzon, the architect of the world-renowned Sydney Opera House. In this gorgeously illustrated book, we follow Jørn through his life as he discovers his love of building and creating, gathering ideas from everything around himself.
Along the way, young readers will be reminded of the importance of taking the time to dream and create, and of the incredible power of the imagination.



The Children's Book Council Australia, Book of the Year Awards - Notable BookSpeech Pathology Australia Shortlisted Book of the Year 2023
Notable Book 2023 – Children’s Book Council Australia Book of the Year Awards
Shortlisted Book of the Year 2023 – Speech Pathology Australia


SPECIFICATIONS: 9781922539144 | 245mm x 255mm | Hardback | 32 Pages | Full Colour | EK Books

Coral Vass has always had a passion for telling stories and has been writing books for over ten years. She is also an ambassador for Reading Out of Poverty and is passionate about giving all children an equal opportunity to read.

With numerous best-sellers, Coral’s awards include the 2018 Speech Pathology Awards for Best Book- Indigenous Children and the 2019 CBCA Book of the Year Eve Pownall Award.

Nicky Johnston has several bestselling titles published in Australia and overseas. Her illustration style is often described as whimsical, playful, narrative, emotive and colourful. She loves to work in watercolour, ink, pencils and pastel.

As a primary teacher and acclaimed presenter, Nicky’s love of books sees her thoroughly enjoy taking illustrator workshops and visiting schools regularly. She is passionate about inspiring young children with a love for reading, writing and drawing, encouraging them to use their imagination and develop their own ideas.

Australian Women’s Weekly
“A charming book about little Jorn Utzon who grew up to be architect of the Sydney Opera House.”.

Magpies School Magazine
“EK Books promotes Books with Heart on Issues that matter, publishing an intriguing range of books which suit classroom discussion. This is no exception, raising issues of the shock of the new, boldness in adversity and courage in the face of criticism”.

The Pregnancy Centre
“a fabulous new picture book from EK Books that follows the early life of Jørn Utzon showing young readers that there is no limit to what they might achieve if they follow their dreams”.Click here to read 

Good Reading
“Visit this magnificent building, the Sydney Opera House, and remember a young boy’s dream that became one of the most wonderous buildings in the whole wide world.”.

Story Links
“With deceptively simple wording and colour illustrations, the book cleverly leaves the reveal of the Sydney Opera House to the last page, so that young readers have many opportunities to guess what the magnificent landmark that the book is referring to might be.  This is the perfect picture book to give to any young creators and builders as it shows that not everyone may always like what you do but to never give up trying.” Click here to read

Just So Stories
“Both the text and the illustrations in this charming picture book are perfectly pitched to deliver both a learning experience about an important episode of our national history, with the creation of one of the world’s most iconic buildings and this amazing ability we humans have to imagine. I congratulate both Coral and Nicky for producing such an exquisite factional narrative for our younger readers. Highly recommended for readers from Prep to around Year 4.” Click here to read

Reading Time (published by The Children’s Book Council of Australia)
‘Based on a true story, this book highlights the importance of embracing your dreams, believing in your abilities, and the power of new ideas.” Click here to view

 New Zealand Booklovers
‘A great book to begin to explore STEAM with younger readers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths). This learning space sets up our younger generation to be problem solvers, creators, and innovators.” Click here to view

The Bottom Shelf Edu Blog
‘In this beautiful retelling of the young life of Jørn Utzon, the reader learns not only of the beginnings of one of the world’s most recognisable buildings but the power of the imagination, and the importance of letting dreams lead us into amazing places.” Click here to view

Good Reading
A beautiful true story that will inspire children to dream, create, imagine, and learn from the world around them.” Click here to read

Blue Wolf Reviews
“We begin to understand who the architect was with such amazing ideas, and how they developed.” Click here to read

What Book Next?
This true-life story of a little boy who becomes an architect of one of the most famous buildings in the world, is fun, informative and factual.” Click here to read

Picture Book Parents
“Jorn’s Magnificent Imagination is a moving account of a tumultuous creative career that may well inspire young readers to believe in and forge their own creative connection with the world around them.” Click here to read in full