Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The children’s author and illustrator Shirley Hughes chooses her top five picture books
Shirley Hughes: a child in time
By Shirley Hughes
The Telegraph 26 Feb 2013
I Want My Hat Back
by Jon Klassen (Walker Books)
This must be one of the simplest yet most original and entertaining picture
books around at the moment. The bear’s hat is gone and he wants it back. He
seeks it in the time-honoured manner through several confrontations. We may have
spotted the hat, but very few of us will be prepared for the deadpan ending.
This is an author-illustrator who takes you from page to page with a dry humour
which matches his story perfectly. He also knows well that sparingly uncluttered
images often make for a more arresting narrative. Even the very young can enjoy
the joke. View the list