Mot slutten av kvart år publiserer den engelske avisa «The Guardian» kva dei meiner er dei beste barnebøkene utgitt det året. Nokre av desse har me alt i samlinga og andre planlegg me å kjøpa inn i løpet av våren. Her følgjer ei kort anmelding av bøkene henta frå «The Guardian».

For dei aller minste

«Katinka’s Tail» av Judith Kerr

From the beloved creator of Mog and The Tiger Who Came to Tea, this feline adventure – featuring the snow-white Katinka and her unusual tail – will enthral toddlers with its gentle, gold‑flecked domesticity.

«Mopoke» av Philip Bunting

In a series of splendid visual/verbal jokes, a mopoke (or southern boobook owl) is denied the peace he craves – until, refusing to be a snowpoke, a slowpoke or a glowpoke any longer, he takes to the wing, leaving Nopoke.

For dei litt eldre

«Fairy Tales» av Hilary McKay

Via enthralling framing narratives, deft twists and thought-provoking details, McKay renews classic tales – including The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Rumpelstiltskin – in this sumptuous collection, enriched by Gibb’s evocative black-and-white line drawings.

«Pirates magnified» av David Long

An absorbing non-fiction variation on the search-and-find trend, this treasure chest of pirates’ lives, skills, ships and booty boasts a 3x magnifying glass (incorporated ingeniously into the cover), a rogues’ gallery and a pirate-slang glossary. Hoist the mizzen!

«A is for Art» av Philip Thurlby

Amid a plethora of art-focused children’s non-fiction, Thurlby’s alphabetical guide – an introduction to the National Gallery and to many artists, techniques and movements – stands out for its demystifying enthusiasm, bold, cheerful design and inspiring sense of possibility.

«World of Moominvalley» av Philip Ardagh.

Bound in celestial blue and gold, featuring a foreword by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Tove Jansson’s glorious illustrations throughout, Ardagh’s weighty, witty, carefully curated guide to the Moomins, their friends, their philosophies and their habitats – as well as the life of their mysterious creator – offers hours of browsing to aficionados young and old.

Denne har kome i norsk omsetting! 

For ungdom

«Illegal» av Eoin Colfer

Twelve-year-old Ebo’s journey from his village in north Africa, following in his siblings’ wake, brings him to a dangerous Mediterranean crossing in this arresting graphic novel. Full of contrasts – cold sea and scorching desert, small kindnesses and casual cruelty, hope and sorrow – it tells the stories behind the blunt headline statistics.

«The Island at the End of Everything» av Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Amihan has lived all her life on the island of Culion, where many people have leprosy – including Ami’s mother. It is a place of joy, however, until harsh authority descends, parting families and uprooting children. Shortlisted for the Costa award, Milwood Hargrave’s second novel is original, poignant and saturated with a sense of wild nature.

«La belle sauvage» av Philip Pullman; første bok i ein ny serie lagt til same univers som Den mørke materien.

Pullman’s long-awaited return to the world of His Dark Materials is, at times, dark indeed. As Malcolm Polstead, 11-year-old landlord’s son, and Alice Parslow, 15-year-old potwasher, convey the baby Lyra Belacqua down a flooded river in Malcolm’s canoe, the threats in their wake are fierce and frightening (and Alice’s language, in particular, unparliamentary). To the reader immersed in it, whatever their age, it affords the enjoyment of watching a master storyteller at work.

Dette er ei bok me alt har i samlinga! Og ho er også tilgjengeleg på norsk.

«Things a Bright Girl Can Do» av Sally Nicholls

Nicholls’ compelling narrative follows Evelyn, groomed for marriage over study; May, the free-thinking daughter of a Quaker; and Nell, the tough, capable mainstay of her poor family. All of them will fight for the right to vote, but, as the spectre of war grows ever closer, what will they sacrifice – and what will be taken from them? An unforgettable historical novel.

«The Hate U Give» av Angie Thomas

A standout debut, this US novel is the Black Lives Matter-inspired story of Starr Carter, whose friend Khalil is shot dead by a police officer as she watches – and whose divided life is jolted out of kilter in the fallout. Full of evocative detail and wry humour, with a charismatic narrator, it reads like a canonical text.

Denne er også omsatt til norsk! 

«Satellite» av Nick Lake

Leo was born in space, living all his life on space station Moon 2 with fellow space-children Libra and Orion. Now, at 15, he is almost due to go to Earth for the first time, but more awaits him there than his grandfather’s ranch and the experiences he has been promising himself. Told in Leo’s abbreviated, allusive diction, this is extraordinary science fiction, as diverse and humane as Iain M Banks at his best.



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