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.
I like our S4L Book Club, it is my little precious place meeting people I do not know, but feel one or several connections to. And now it is my time to post some highly intelligent, very in depth questions and comments on books because I volunteered. (And now the red panic button is on!) Well, I do have acknowledge that using English is hard (I know it is easy to make a lot of mistakes- all I hope for is that they will be funny and not rude), comment on books is fun and difficult at the same time, and I just have to forget that the group is open to every eye on the planet (if ants could read, they may have avoided the pages about fire in the grass in book 2, but they would
have eaten the cake in book 1).
I want to explain why I wanted to discuss picture books. I have a friend that works with literary critic of books for children and the youth. I told her about the S4L Book Club and asked if she could help me pick a book in a category that would surprise me somehow. She suggested Stian Hole Garmann’s Summer and Garmann’s Street. She knows that I work with graphic design and illustrations, that I like to look at art, and that I like the philosophy approach to subjects. She also knows that I have not read a book for children for ages – decades!
JenFW will post what I have prepared for you. That means that all my questions are made before September starts, and I will state my comments later. I hope that I will be able to answer or discuss other things that you clever people come up with in your postings.
I just jump right into this game, and ask who wants to and have a little time to spare to play with us?
What are your first impressions, the feelings, the moods and thoughts after looking at the pictures and reading the two books for the first (and second?) time? What do you like or dislike?