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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Best Singer in the World (The)
by Ulf Nilsson
Age Range: Under_5
The six-year-old narrator of the story likes to sing to his little brother who happens to think he is ‘the best singer in the world’, but he can only sing to a small audience. At school they are planning a performance to celebrate spring and he is asked by his teacher to take part. He tells the teacher that he doesn’t want to but his fears get brushed aside. At the rehearsal he gets stage fright and is unable to say anything; ‘it felt like going to prison. My stomach hurt’ is how he sums it up. When he looks out from the stage his heart is galloping, it is 'like being on the edge of a cliff looking down at the sea' because the auditorium looks so big. How is he ever going to be able to say his part on the night?
This is a simple story about fear and being brave that many young children will identify with. Swedish author Ulf Nilsson and illustrator Eva Erikson have created an engaging picture book - the amusing illustrations such as the boy's baby brother slowly losing his sock, a dad and a baby both falling asleep in the darkened theatre or when the boy is trying to hide amongst the coats and all you can see are his feet sticking out, really enhance the gentle humour of the text. The funny made-up rhyme that the narrator sings to his little brother will also have children giggling right from the start too.