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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)
Book That Did Not Want To Be Read (The)
by David Sundin
Age Range: 6-8
This debut picture book from Swedish comedian David Sundin has taken the Swedish market by storm – selling over 100,000 copies across all formats since its publication in August 2020.
The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read comes with a WARNING! It definitely does NOT want to be read. Not now or ever. Because if it is read all kinds of strange and magical things could possibly happen such as the book growing wings and flapping around like a bird or causing a grown-up to sing rather loudly and it might be the case that even Alligators appear!
This offbeat and comical picture book by Sundin, translated by B.J. Woodstein, is very much in the nonsense tradition vein and will certainly provide children and grown-ups with a very special kind of reading adventure. In attempting to read this book, that does not want to be read, it will turn adult readers into stand-up comedians as they perform to their small audiences as it naturally encourages lots of interaction in which they experience some very strange and silly things.
The attractive green cover with embossed gold lettering and illustration gives the book a feel of one from another age but once opened it is very contemporary with clever graphic design by Alexis Holmqvist.
Sundin is a Swedish comedian, screenwriter, actor, and television show host, as well as a silver medallist in the Swedish Championship of Puns.