Sally Williams reviews recent picture book releases in the U.K. for today's Independent.
Of special interest are:
- Roald Dahl's Song and Verse, compiled by Quentin Blake. There has been much recent interest in the project and I'm thrilled to see it is a success. Williams writes, "From the Centipede Song to Augustus Gloop 'The great big greedy nincompoop!'; from the epic Toad and the Snail to the dashed-off five-liner for the manager of Coutts Bank, this anthology confirms that Dahl was doubly gifted as writer of prose and verse. With the verses loosened from their traditional homes into a flowing charge, this book carries you, smiling, from beginning to end. " I can't wait until Roald Dahl's Song and Verse is published in the U.S. (U.K. publisher is Jonathan Cape)
- Lauren Child has a new "picture" book--The Princess and the Pea. Williams explains, "Lauren Child sets the action in tiny paneled rooms made from card, peopled by paper cut-outs and furnished with objects typically owned by miniature specialists." Hope this one makes it to our side of the pond by spring...