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My favourite Martin Waddell stories will always be his picture books. He has been teamed with some of the most talented illustrators or our time including Helen Oxenbury and Barbara Firth, and the combination of Waddell’s rich and powerful stories with the glorious illustrations of talented artists has been stunning. Possibly the best example of this is the book You And Me, Little Bear. Its delightful!
I can only hope that if you have not done so already, you will sample the wonderful author that is Martin Waddell and agree with me that his books have truly made an important and lasting contribution to children’s literature!
Martin Waddell believes that a picture-book story is “a script for performance to a very personally involved audience that wants to stop, ask questions, look, and point things out.” He feels that books should reach out to basic childhood emotions-fear of the dark (Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?), separation anxiety (Owl Babies), the desire to do things independently (Sam Vole and His Brothers and Little Mo) – feelings that directly relate to events and experiences in a young child’s life.