Stella Wulf is the new Featured Writer. She is a wonderful poet and artist as well as a writer of children’s books and this shines through in her writing for children: her visual mind, her poetic mind.
Here’s my review of Stella Wulf’s The Song of the Froom:
‘An irresistible map at the beginning of this delicious book tells us we are entering a different world. It is full of well-rounded characters any child (or adult) could relate to and who all play wonderful tricks with language. Stella Wulf has given everyone fantastic names. The story is about a quest to find Piper’s lost voice because he must be able to sing up the Spring. The world depends upon it. Success soon becomes the business of everyone he and his Snoozle friend, Snoot meet on their way. Piper’s responsibilities grow wider and it becomes clear that finding his voice is linked to all the problems faced by the creatures – by the ferrets, wolves, eagles, boodogs etc – that the two friends meet. There is a wonderful care for the natural world to enjoy and lots of details to talk about in this book. Piper, the brave little Froom and his companion, Snoot are never fully described because Stella Wulf trusts our imaginations to do that work. A really classic mythic-type story (with animals who each do whatever is in their power to help but realistically no more) set in a believable and contemporary way. This book deserves to be widely read by children of all ages.’
Published by herself the book gets little or no publicity or promotion and as life in general seems to have become just like Facebook things that aren’t here and now disappear rapidly from view. (Or did we just invent Facebook in our own image?) From today’s Guardian Weekend mag here is one answer to the poor neglected books in this era of too many distractions?