Friday, June 17, 2016
ReadItDaddy's First Book of the Week - Week Ending 17th June 2016 - "The Cantankerous Crow" by Lennart Hellsing and Poul Stroyer (Thames and Hudson)
Posted by ReadItDaddy at 9:30 AM Labels: Book of the Week 2016, Lennart Hellsing, Poul Stroyer, Thames and Hudson Publishing, The Cantankerous Crow
We've said it many times on the blog before, we do love it when a well-loved classic from the past is given some love and reprinted for a modern audience.
"The Cantankerous Crow" is nearly 60 years old and it's fantastic to see that the sort of children's book format that we all assume is new and modern actually has its roots way way back in the early to mid 20th century when writers and artists like Lennart and Poul were creating books that fused entertaining writing with glorious illustrations.
The main character in "The Cantankerous Crow" is indeed a crow brother. He can't resist stealing cherries from the local farmer's cherry orchards but one day he falls foul of the angry farmer, who captures him and trots off to market to see if he can rid himself of the troublesome bird...
|A crow for 3 cookies? BARGAIN!|
|Oh I dunno, I think there's a market for weird artisanal pretzels myself!|
We won't spoil the end of the story for you, but as you can see from the glorious page spreads shown above, this really is a true children's classic in ever sense of the word. The rhymes may have suffered in translation in a couple of places but still work beautifully. The artwork is from that era of children's books where the bold and larger-than-life characters really help drive the story along (and can't you almost taste those pretzels in the book spread above?)
We loved this a lot, and rather liked the idea that it would work for quite a range of ages. Fantastically entertaining and chaotic for little ones but a fab read for older kids too.
Charlotte's best bit: The crow being caught red handed (or should that be red beaked) in the cherry orchards. AWKWARD!
Daddy's favourite bit: It's amazing to see the obvious inspiration for so many other books in this one, and the picture book format that has stood the test of time being used in a book that's as old as your grandma. Fabulous stuff!
(Kindly sent to us for review by Thames and Hudson)
"The Cantankerous Crow"
Written by Lennart Hellsing
Illustrated by Poul Stroyer
Published by Thames and Hudson
Publication Date: 14th June 2016