Books

The best singer in the world

Author
Nilsson, Ulf
Illustrator
Eriksson, Eva
Swedish title
Ensam mullvad på en scen
Category
Children \ Picture Books
Pub Date
Mar 12, 2012
Format
40 pages, 195x260mm,colour

The world never seems more terrible than when you are afraid of making a fool of yourself! And if on

top of that you are forced to do it on a stage in front of masses of people disaster is imminent. But sometimes you have to try, if nothing else then for someone else’s sake. A poetic, sensitive and evocative picture book with warm humour, about perhaps the greatest fear of all - not daring! By two of our foremost children’s book creators: Ulf Nilsson and Eva Eriksson! “I used to sing to my little brother. He loved it. But best of all he liked a song I made up myself just for him: My little brother is little and sweet don’t you know. Kiss and squeak and - BOH! But I didn’t want to sing if it was a big occasion. Now we were going to have a spring festival at school with a show. On a real stage with real spotlights! But what costume should I wear? The only one left was a mole suit …. “ With subtle sensitivity Ulf Nilsson has once again written an existential and affectionate tale, with his unerring feeling for what it is like to be a child. Eva Eriksson’s finely tuned, gentle illustrations in dark, muted colours mirror, emphasise and complement the moods and tones in the text perfectly.