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Bob and Jilly in Trouble
by Annie M. G. Schmidt
Age Range: 6-8
In this third collection of short stories about Bob and Jilly by Dutch author Annie M. G. Schmidt there are some hilarious disasters. Bob and Jilly are the best of friends and live next door to each other. They are equal partners in their adventures which often get them into considerable trouble. In these stories they are joined by Bob’s dog Sausage who causes even more mayhem!
From Bob getting wedged in a tree when a thread from his jersey gets caught to the pair trying out a new ball in the sitting room or getting soot on a loaf of bread and making matters worse by washing it under the sink. Even worse, finding some blue paint left on the floor by the decorator and painting the floor blue! Their parents get very cross, but never for long.
Schmidt (1911-1995) is considered the mother of children’s literature in the Netherlands and she describes the everyday lives of these lovable five-year-olds with great charm and infectious humour.
Bob and Jilly (known in Holland as Jip en Janneke) are among the best-known children's characters in the Netherlands. A total of eight book collections were published between 1953 and 1960 and illustrated by Fiep Westendorp.
Lance Salway is a well-known children’s literature critic, historian, children’s author and essayist and his translation has captured the spirit of the original text. There are charming black and white illustrations throughout by Carolyn Dinan.
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