Monday, June 13, 2011

Julia Donaldson's 6 best books

Julia Donaldson has written more than 120 books for children and teenagers, including The Gruffalo (the animation of which was nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA), Room on the Broom, Stick Man, Cave Baby, Freddie and the Fairy and What the Ladybird Heard, as well as the award-winning teenage novel Running on the Cracks.

In 2010, Donaldson was the most borrowed children’s author from UK libraries.

She has just been named Britain's seventh Children's Laureate.

Donaldson named her six best books for the Scottish Sunday Express.

One title on the list:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
by Mark Haddon

Original, moving and entertaining for adults as well as for older children.

This book is narrated by a boy with Asperger’s syndrome but also cleverly gives an insight into the emotions and frustrations of the other characters whose feelings he himself is incapable of understanding because of his condition.
Read about another book on the list.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is also one of Melvyn Burgess's top ten books written for teenagers.

--Marshal Zeringue