ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD

Let’s just put it this way. Any picture book that includes a shot of the hero lying awake in bed with a copy of Albert Camus’s The Stranger open on his tummy is not trying to fit in with the general pack. Like John Jensen himself this book could have done any number of things to try to look like all the other illustrated books for kids out there. In refusing to do so it separates itself from the masses. It ends up being something you’ll remember long after you put it down. And if it has that affect on an adult, imagine how it will affect child readers. If you’re looking to hand them something smart and funny and charming that is its own beast and no one else’s, look no further than this little Norwegian gem. I guarantee you’ve never seen the like.

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