Here’s a guest post from her in response:
My copy of this book is so worn out that even the ink in the pages has begun to fade. It was a book offered as suggested reading by a teacher and I remember crying my eyes out while reading it. It was a long time before I could read the story to my children without weeping each time, and perhaps the ink has faded with all the copious tears that have wet the pages.
Illustrator: Dorothee De Monfreid
Publisher: Random House
I am so tired of stories with morals and values, that it is little wonder that writers like Roald Dahl occupy high positions on my reading lists. Irreverence has a strangely endearing quality and demolition of goodness and good behaviour leaves me breathing a huge sigh of relief! Don’t we all know the difficulty of being good!!
Illustrator: Martijn Van Der Linden
If ever there was a book whose illustrations beckoned you again and again, it is this. Realistic images, almost photographic like, yet deftly painted begs each page in the book to be framed.
Illustrator: Miles van Hout
What a title! Typically, in a fairy tale, the hero does not relish being captured by a mean, ugly ogre. But Mally is terribly bored – her friends are on vacation, and her dad is very busy. So when the Child Cruncher comes along, she is very pleased to have something to do. Of course, the little girl turns out to be way too much trouble to be worth the Child Cruncher’s time, and he finds himself regretting having kidnapped her in the first place. But it’s all in a day’s adventure for our little heroine.
Illustrator: Piet Grobler
Philip de Vos’s carnival of animals is full of malcontents and fiercely independent types: tortoises who waltz and cancan–but only in their dreams; lions who disdain sauerkraut and brussels sprouts; and rowdy, honky-tonker pianists. Fourteen poems document this motley crew, with a generous helping of Ogden Nash-esque nonsense and de Vos’s own brand of quirky humour.
Watch this space for Part II of this piece!