Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Children's book could be surprise bestseller of the summer
Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf by Catherine Storr was re-issued by Puffin Books at the beginning of July and could be the surprise hit of the summer holidays
A children's book written in the 1950s and out of fashion for decades has become the surprise hit of the summer.
Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf by Catherine Storr was re-issued by Puffin Books at the beginning of July. With its charming black and white illustrations of a little girl with pigtails and knee socks, it is a throwback to another age.
Yet the story of a resourceful child who outwits a wolf has flown to the top of the children's best-seller list at Waterstones, out-selling popular adult titles including Paula Hawkins' hit thriller The Girl On The Train. More