Name: Deborah Beau Online home: Kickcan & Conkers My favorite children's book and why I love it: I think Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is my all-time favourite children's book but I didn't actually read it until I was sixteen years old and studying French at school. My favourite books as a child were The Faraway Tree novels by Enid Blyton. I've always been a dreamer with a very vivid imagination so the idea of a magical tree in an enchanted forest was heaven. I loved discovering all the new lands at the top of the tree and the funny characters who lived in it as well - Dame Washalot, Silky The Fairy, Moonface, The Angry Pixie... Oh, what fun it must have been to slide down that slippery slope!
We're celebrating books all week long and, once again, we've asked some of our favorite bloggers about their favorite children's book, illustrator and more. Read on…My children's favorite book: My three children were born in France and although technically speaking English is their mother-tongue, French is their dominant language. They've always had access to English classics and love rhymes, tongue-twisters and Dr. Seuss. However, if I were to pick just one favourite it would be Night Becomes Day by Richard McGuire. Dylan, Savannah and Miles love the illustrations (which I think are brilliant) and have all found the English easy to memorize. It was one of the first books Savannah read out loud in English and Miles, who is only just starting to learn to read in French, has already taken it to school to show his classmates. I'm pretty sure you'll find a copy on their bookshelves when they're older!
An illustrator I adore: One illustrator? That's a tough question! At the moment I'm enjoying Hervé Tullet's books and really love Camilla Engman's illustrations for the Italian children's book Troppo Tardi (Too Late). I can't wait for her new book to come out. My current favourite is probably Madalena Matosa, a Portuguese illustrator who does a lot of work for the excellent Portuguese publishing house Planeta Tangerina (translated into several languages). I love her bright, colourful, playful style and get so excited when she releases a new book. Truly wonderful! If my life were turned into a children's book the title would be: Well, I've just started a new feature on my blog called Fun with Fables, so as I'm forever to-ing and fro-ing between the North of England (where I grew up) and the South of France (where I've lived for 25 years), in body and mind: The Sheep and The Frog: a Tale of Discontentment. Thanks Deborah! More Deborah: In our Big Blog Family profile of Deborah she told us that she had written 1,500 posts in 2.5 years - wow! Clearly, she has lots to share - beautiful, often thrifted and often vintage or vintage-inspired things for children and the home. Don't miss out - say hello on Kickcan & Conkers. (Top image: Deborah Beau)