Monday, February 27, 2006

It's World Book Day

In honor of World Book Day, Michelle Pauli presents a series of podcasts on the Guardian CultureVulture blog.

Currently, Pauli has podcast interviews with Cressida Cowell (How to Speak Dragonese, How to be a Pirate) and Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell (The Edge Chronicles) available on the blog. The first 'cast runs 30-some minutes and the second nearly fifteen.

Also in the Guardian, Dina Rabinovitch talks to Emily Gravett about her newest picture book (for the very young, this time), Orange Pear Apple Bear. Rabinovitch raves Orange Pear Apple Bear, "is that extremely rare find: the five-word book that engages, on every level. It should be handed out at birth. The perfect book to read aloud to babies, it's all done without any of the standard tricks: the shiny surfaces, the squeaky noises."

(Emily Gravett was short-listed for the Nestlé children's book prize 'five and under' category for Wolves.)

Orange Pear Apple Bear sounds like a wonderful book for toddlers. It will be released March 3 in the U.K. For U.S. readers, I provide an image above.