Our discussion leader in September is Harriet. She’s a very creative embroiderer, knitter, painter, and photographer, among other things. She loves shibas and books. She lives in Norway, and English is her second language. She communicates very well without my help, and the regulars here enjoy her “voice,” so I won’t be editing. Much. Just my usual butting in and puttering about.
More from an old interview in a newspaper:
The books about Garmann do not contain common children’s ethics: they are full of existential anxiety. A foreign journalist (not Norwegian, that is) stated that Stian Hole projects his anxiety on the children and that they should be spared this. Several countries have an attitude that children’s books should be soft and careful in their themes and style. Stian Hole does not agree. He says that it is about restfulness, as well as existential anxiety, and that a lot of children recognize this in the books. Stian Hole says that the stories often have a grown-up nearby and that picture books are a good opportunity to get closer to difficult issues in a cautious manner.
Stian Hole is not satisfied that his books have been labeled “dark.” He says that his books about Garmann contain lighter tones and themes.
What do you think about the content of these two books? Are they too dark or are they well balanced? Is it ok that the first book, Garmann’s Summer, does not give any solution to Garmann’s problem? The next morning he goes to the first day at school, and he is anxious about it. A country refused the book because of this!