Sunday, February 20, 2011

22nd February Michelle Knudsen (1974) Norman Lindsay (1879 - 1931)

I know I wrote about Michelle Knudsen and her wonderful book Library Lion last year, but she has a new picture book out which I have just bought and I wanted to tell you about it. On Michelle's blog she says that it is being launched on her birthday at a bookshop in New York, but I bought it here in Australia about three weeks ago, and that never happens that we get books first, unless they are Australian books! The book, Argus is about Sally and the large, green, scaly creature that hatches from her egg when the rest of her classmates' eggs hatch to reveal cute, fluffy chicks, when the class is raising chicks for a science project. Lots of fun pursues as Sally tries to make her 'chick' conform. It reminds me of a cross between Robin Klein's Thing and Margaret Wild's Looking After Alice and Co. The illustrations by Andrea Wesson are wispy watercolours on predominately white backgrounds, but the gentleness of them suits the tone of the story.

Australian author, Norman Lindsay is the author of the classic, The Magic Pudding which has spurned many spin-offs, such as movies, toys and abridged versions of the book.

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