Friday, February 5, 2010

We love books

Now that we have a baby we have a new appreciation of picture books. Here are some old and new favourites:
Pictured (clockwise from right): The Red Tree by Shaun Tan, The Monster at the End of this Book, written by Jon Stone & illustrated by Mike Smollin (A Little Golden Book), The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base, The Butter Battle Book by Dr Seuss, Diary of a Wombat, written by Jackie French & illustrated by Bruce Whatley, The Lucky Yak, written by Annetta Lawson & illustrated by Allen Say and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

Some are our own childhood treasures like the perennial Where the Wild Things Are, popularised recently by the film, and some are new ones we've discovered in recent years like the eerily beautiful The Red Tree by Shaun Tan. He is such an impressive and talented illustrator. If you want to see something extraordinary get a hold of his book The Arrival. It's an amazingly moving fictional documentation of a migrant's journey and it doesn't contain a single word.

Recently we tracked down a really cute Little Golden Book that was a favourite of Kim's when he was a kid. The Monster at the End of this Book stars Grover from Sesame Street and has the reader in agonizing suspense waiting for the monster lurking on the last page. Through the whole book Grover begs you not to go any further but you do. Of course you do. How could you not? Then at the end it turns out, to Grover's embarrassment, the monster was him all along. Such a fun book.

Anyway, occasionally I like to write stuff and this month I have an article in Melbourne's Child Magazine (also Sydney's & Brisbane's Child). It's a personal reflection on the importance of books in my own life growing up, and how I want to pass on a love of books and reading to Little Miss P. You can find the magazine free at any local library, Maternal Health Centre, some cafes, and other places frequented by parents and children. Or if you click on the picture below, and squint, you might be able to read it ;-)

Melbourne's Child Magazine, February, 2010