Monday, May 15, 2006

The Times Children's Book of the Week

This looks like an interesting one:

Nicolette Jones choses Lugalbanda: The Boy Who Got Caught Up in a War as the Times "Children's Book of the Week."

Written by Kathy Henderson and illustrated by Jane Ray, Lugalbanda was, "written 4,000 years ago and is possibly the oldest extant story in the world, but was only translated from cuneiform on clay tablets in the 1970s." From ancient Iraq, Lugalbanda is a heroic tale.

Jones finds Henderson makes the "most of the poetry and the celebration of senses and colours" and that Ray's illustrations are "emotive and delicate...full of decorative pattern and gilded detail."