I am delighted to welcome Ed Eaves, children’s book illustrator and one part of the writer/illustrator partnership that have created Welcome to Alien School, shortlisted for the Younger Children category of the Red House Book Award 2013.
First of all, of course, congratulations goes to Ed (and Caryl Hart) for their success so far with Welcome to Alien School and for being shortlisted. The Red House Children’s Book Award is the only national children’s book award voted for entirely by children. A shortlist is drawn up by children and then any child can vote for their favourites from each of the three categories. To be honoured at these awards must be particularly rewarding for any children’s writer or illustrator.
And now over to Ed, who delights us with his list of most favourite books ever, EVER, that he enjoyed when he was a kid. I am pretty sure there will be one or two of your favourites here too!
Ed Eaves’ favourite five children’s books…ok, make that six!
I thought I’d write about my top five favourite books when I was a kid. I’ve always loved books and it’s been great fun remembering the ones I enjoyed reading the most. In fact there were so many books I loved I’ve cheated and sneaked in an extra one!
1. 1958 Lion Annual
This book belonged to my dad when he was a little boy. It’s full of brilliant old fashioned stories about spaceships and cowboys and indians and arctic explorers who wrestle polar bears!
2. Richard Scarry’s First Omnibus
Richard Scarry created an amazing world full of animals behaving like people. They drive around in cars and trucks and boats doing the ordinary things that people do, but every page is jam packed with funny goings-on! A mouse driving a tiny car, a gorilla driving a banana car, a pig driving a fire engine. My favourite picture was a tiny wrecked bug car being towed by a bear’s big breakdown truck which is being towed by a mouse’s little breakdown truck!
3. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
This is one of the most famous children’s books ever, and one of the best. When he puts on his wolf suit Max is a very naughty boy. His mum sends him to bed without his tea, but Max ends up going over the sea to where the wild things are, and the wild rumpus begins! It’s like the best dream you ever had. Who wouldn’t want to put on a wolf suit and be the king of all wild things, just for a little bit?
4. A Fish Out Of Water written by Helen Palmer and illustrated by P.D. Eastman
A little boy buys a goldfish and calls him Otto. Mr Carp the pet shop owner tells the little boy “When you feed a fish, never feed him a lot. So much and no more! Never more than a spot, or something may happen! You never know what.” Of course the little boy thinks Otto looks hungry so he feeds him too much, and something happens…. It’s a hilarious book with lovely simple illustrations, mostly done in black and white with a little bit of blue and orange for colour.
5. Matilda by Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl wrote so many amazing books, but I think Matilda is my favourite. And of course like all Roald Dahl’s books it’s full of Quentin Blake’s wonderful illustrations. It’s a story about the love of books and learning, and it’s got Miss Trunchbull, one of the best baddies ever in a children’s book. Every time I eat chocolate cake I think about Bruce Bogtrotter getting the better of Miss Trunchbull by eating a whole chocolate cake all in one go!
6. My Side of the Mountain by Jean George
I read this book over and over again as a kid. It’s about a boy called Sam Gribley who runs away from home in New York to live in the Catskill mountains. He lives in a hollowed out giant hemlock tree and learns how to hunt and fish and live off the land. I loved playing outside when I was a boy, crawling along the ground pretending I was climbing Sam’s mountain and hiding in the hedge outside my house imagining it was my own house in a tree. I think a little bit of me would still like to live in a tree in the woods!
And here they are.
Thank you Ed and best of luck for the Red House Children’s Book Award!
The Red House Children’s Book Award – details of all shortlisted books, how to vote and other book bloggers taking part in the blog tour
Full details of all the shortlisted books, writers and illustrators can be found at the Red House Children’s Book Award website. You can also vote here for your favourites in each of the three categories – Younger Children; Younger Readers; and Older Readers.
Other bloggers taking part in the tour:
Book Reviews for Mums @Bookreviewsmum http://bookreviewsformums.co.
Library Mice @librarymice http://www.librarymice.com https://www.facebook.com/
Playing by the Book @playbythebook http://www.playingbythebook.
The Little Wooden Horse @Pollylwh http://thelittlewoodenhorse.
Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books @Enchantedbooks http://
Red House Blog @RedHouseBooks http://my.redhouse.co.uk/