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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)
Bully and Mush
by Bernt Rosengren
Age Range: 6-8
Bully, a black cat with white socks and a white patch on his forehead lives with a boy called Mush, his mother, father and big sister, Bridget. Mush was to have been called Karl Johan, but in Sweden this is the name of a big brown mushroom. Worried that their son might be bullied and called ‘mushroom’ they changed it to Karl Peter instead. However, in the end they started to call him Mushroom themselves and then it got shortened to ‘Mush’. Bully also got his name in a funny way. One day Bridget was playing with him when the cat started to scratch her, so they decided to call him Bully.
Bully and Mush, by Swedish duo husband and wife team Bernt and Inger Rosengren, is divided into eleven short chapters, each one exploring various different aspects of family life. They go swimming in the lake, fishing with dad and walking in the local churchyard visiting tombs. Translator Marianne Helweg has done a fantastic job as the book reads beautifully.
The story is also full of elements that are frequently found in Swedish children’s books. For instance their attitude to discussing subjects like death which in Swedish culture is openly discussed with children. The black and white illustrations compliment this charming book.