I don’t often blog about other things than sewing. But once in a while, I feel like sharing something different which I think might interest you.
Today, I’d like to write a bit about my (and Norah’s) favorite book author. Christopher Wormell is his name, and he has written and illustrated 14 books so far. And let me tell you: they are divine! I first heard about him when Mr. StraightGrain brought the Dutch translation of Ferocious Wild Beasts (‘Een Bos Vol Enge Wilde Beesten’) from the library.
Googling around a bit, I found out that the paperback versions of the English originals are actually super affordable online. And as they don’t contain that much text, they are perfectly suitable for non-native speakers to read to their children. At around €7 per book, the paperback versions cost only half of what the Dutch (or German, or Spanish, …) translations cost here in Europe. Over the past years, I bought Ferocious Wild Beasts, The Animal Train, George and the Dragon, Eric The Hero, Two Frogs, Off to Fair, Scruffy Bear and the Lost Ball, Scruffy Bear and the Six White Mice, and One Smart Fish.
What is so great about these books? Firstly, there is the story. All these books have really clever stories, which always include an unexpected twist. The tales are funny and original, but never too complicated for an average 3- to 7-year old. And there is always a really sweet lesson, a witty resolution, or a lovely surprise. They are a joy to read to kids!
Secondly, there are the brilliant illustrations. All books contain incredibly rich and detailed pictures – the kind of pics you can just keep looking (and smiling) at.
My favorite illustrations are those in which the animals have a surprised or startled look on their faces. They are SO good. Check out this lion, when he hears from a little boy that there are ferocious wild beasts in the area (not realizing that he himself is one of those beasts the boy’s mom warned her son about).
Or have a look at these three animals, when they suddenly realise that Scruffy Bear tricked them.
If you have young kids and love reading original stories to them, I really recommend checking out Wormell’s work.
Are any of you familiar with these books already? Who is your favorite children’s book author?