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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)
Bambert's Book of Missing Stories (Illustrated)
by Reinhardt Jung
Age Range: 9-11
In a small Austrian town, Bambert lives alone in an attic above his tenant Mr. Bloom’s grocery shop. Because he is disabled, Bambert has difficulty in getting out into the world, but by night he sits at his window and dreams up stories which he writes into his Book of Wishes. Bambert has completed ten stories for his book and one day decides the stories should go and seek their own settings. Parcelling up each one, and sending it out into the world attached to a Japanese hot-air balloon, Bambert also includes an eleventh story, consisting only of four blank sheets of paper, for the recipient to invent.
This book is something quite exceptional. It appears at first to be a set of fairy tales, yet each story has pertinence to the life of its author, and all are set within the encompassing relationship between Bambert and Mr. Bloom.
Egmont have produced this beautiful edition with haunting illustrations by award-winning illustrator Emma Chichester Clark that perfectly match the magical text of many layers that will delight readers from eight to eighty.