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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 Bardur Oskarsson
Age Range: Under_5
Rat and her friend Wilbert are playing hide and seek. Despite being humongous, the rat cannot find Wilbert anywhere. A passing crocodile with a mouth full of shiny teeth, offers the rat a helping hand. Together they search high and low, until eventually Rat spots Wilbert. But there’s a problem – the crocodile can’t see Wilbert, even when he’s standing right in front of him!
Through comical pen and ink and watercolour wash illustrations Faroese artist, author and illustrator Bárđur Oskarsson’s tale, translated by Marita Thomsen, explores perspectives and the boundary between what is real and what is imagined. His simple cartoon style highlight the distinctive animals and plant designs together with small witty vignettes on the left-hand pages show a very individual approach to storytelling.