Monday, 18 November 2013

Fortunately by Remy Charlip

Fortunately costs €4.35. Which is insane! This is a genius book that any child between three and seven is guaranteed to enjoy. Guaranteed. (I had to write that twice because it is so true and also because I can finally spell it on the first try.)

Every time something fortunate happens to Ned like being invited to a party, something unfortunate happens too. Every fortunate page is in colour, every unfortunate one is in black and white. Here is an example: because the party is so far away, Ned borrows and airplane, but the engine blows up.
Fortunately there was a parachute in the airplane.

Unfortunately there was a hole in the parachute. 

Its just brilliant. The colours are vibrant and beautiful and the illustrations are so clever and funny. Really, these pages are a pleasure to look and and read. Check out the expressions on the tigers faces below. And the little boy escaping from the sharks!

If I was a bit more organised I would order about six copies of this and have it on standby for birthday parties. Seriously, it really is a sure thing - EVERYONE will love it. 

We also have Arm In Arm, a collection of connections, endless tales, reiterations and other echolalia by Remy Charlip. He died in August 2012 at the age of 83 after a lifetime dancing, choreographing, painting and writing children's books. In an interview with the Library of Congress he said "I really don't know where it all comes from....I'm in another world and I'm very lucky." 

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