A Family Love Affair with Books

I love beautiful books.  I have no vice.  While like most women, I do like shoes and bags, they’re not something I’d covet the way I do with books, especially beautifully illustrated ones, I just can’t resist them, so when we went to the Bath Children’s Literary festival as mentioned in my previous post, when I saw this one particular book on a stand, it just called to me.

I mentioned this a lot in previous posts – how lucky I am to be married to a man who has the same passion as I do, that helps a lot you know.  You won’t hear any “Are you paying that much for a book?!”  Instead ours is usually “What did you get?  Here’s mine”.  

I picked up my book, and went off to pay.  When I turned my back, my husband was queueing behind me with his own choice of book, and T was also clutching her own .  Luckily, she had her own money to spend since she brought her savings with her and since this was after all a Children’s Literary festival all our books “were for kids”.

My husband’s pick was real-life astronaut’s first children’s book – The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield.

It is a sweet book for children younger than T who is six.  It talks about how it is okay to have fears, especially of the dark and how dreams do come true.

 T’s choice on the other hand was this one:  Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman.

It’s not surprising that she chose another book illustrated by Chris Riddell her favourite, especially since she already has all of his books.  She knows Neil Gaiman as the man who wrote her other favourite “Coraline” and even has the book signed by him and again, illustrated by yes, Chris Riddell again. She loves the man and I don’t blame her.  I think she also chose this book because it had a little boy on the cover for a change and that it had giants in it.

And this folks is my choice:  Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle.

When I saw the sleeve, I was hooked.  The gold ink was calling to me, since it was wrapped, I didn’t even know how beautiful it was inside till we got home. It was my precious and it was mine.  Of course, I told T that I bought it for her, but it’s actually mine, all mine.

I took off the plastic that was wrapped around the sleeve ever so gently, and as I slipped the case off and the book fell out, I actually gave a little gasp and ran my fingers on it like braille. The front was just beautiful and inside?  See for yourself.

I gently opened each page and marvelled at the artwork.  You’ve probably noticed by now that yes, it was illustrated by no other than the Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.  I am now a fan too.  Even though I haven’t read the story yet (I can’t wait to read what Neil Gaiman’s version of Sleeping Beauty is like), it’s my current favourite book.  My precious.

Do you have a favourite children’s book?


  1. I’ve just been reading Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching series which are not really children’s books but for young adults. It was a very long time ago when I was a young adult though so that must count 😉 My favourite Children’s book is The Little Prince and now they’ve released a sequel. I must have it. p.s. Neil Gaiman is lovely.
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    • Love Little Prince too. I’m hoping Folio books will come out with their own copy 🙂

    • Oh dear. One of my daughter’s closest friend F is also into Minecraft. Every time he’s over, they play with it. I’m glad though that when he leaves, she forgets about it 😉

  2. We love to read too we’ve not read these books but I love the look of the illustrations

    • When they’re older, I’m sure they’ll enjoy Chris Riddell’s books too. x

  3. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs

    What a lovely selection of books. I love the look of Odd and the Frost Giants, and your choice looks interesting too!
    Monkey has so many favourites, Roald Dahl being his top picks at the moment 🙂
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  4. Clare Elise

    We proper love books in our family too. Lewis my little one and I get out 7 books from the library every week!

  5. Amanda Christensen-Goerd

    We are a book loving family too! Every time we are in town, we can’t resist a trip to a book shop and always leave with another 1 or 2 to add to our collection. I love the frost giants book – reminds me of my daughter and her daddy. He tells her stories of the frost giants and they ‘fight’ them together! Daddy has norweigan ancestors and clearly thinks he is Thor or something! 🙂 🙂

    • I bed your husband has lots of folk tales to tell about frost giants! How lucky! 🙂

  6. Laura (Mummy Lala)

    We’re also a book loving family, I’d spend a fortune on them if I could. I love the look of the books you picked out, the illustrations are beautiful.

    Laura x

  7. Chloe Ciliberto

    I love Neil Gaiman books and I love Chris Riddell illustrations too. They’re so beautiful. I’m definitely adding two of these to my wish list. x
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    • That’s a grand idea! And when your little one is older, I’m sure she’ll love Chris Riddell’s books too. x

  8. I have never quite seen anything like the artwork on these books, they are spectacular. I also love the idea of the book of fears, my little boy has started to tell me he is scared of the dark so this might be a good one for him to read.

    • It’s a lovely book. T is a bit too old for it, but perfect for younger kids who are afraid the dark 😉 x

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