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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)
by Toon Tellegen
Age Range: 9-11
I Wish is a collection of thirty-three poems by Toon Tellegen, paired with a gallery of haunting portraits by Ingrid Godon. Inspired by old-fashioned photographs and the Dutch and Flemish masters, they depict large, sombre faces staring out from the pages – babies, young children, men and women all speak through Tellegen’s sagacious array of poems. They wish for different things: to have courage, to find happiness, for a friend or not to be afraid of dying. Wishing not to blush again, to always have an alibi or to own an extremely unusual pet, there are wishes of every kind that fill these exotic pages.
With Godun’s incredibly expressive artwork matched with Tellegen’s poetry, deftly translated by David Coleman, this is a book full of wisdom for all ages.