Bambert's Book of Missing Stories
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Hauntingly beautiful watercolors enhance this extraordinary story about the power of storytelling, kindness, and hope Bambert lives alone in his attic home. He feels out of place in the world, isolated by his physical disabilities, and finds solace in the characters he creates in his stories. One day, he decides to send his 11 stories out into the world, to find their own true setting. He attaches them to paper balloons and sends them out on a windy night. The 11th story is blank. Bambert hopes it will write itself. Gradually the stories return, with postmarks from all round the world. But Bambert’s life-work is not complete until the return of the 11th story, the fate of which is still unknown.
Reinhardt Jung (19491999) is also the author of Dreaming in Black and White. Emma Chichester Clark is the author of numerous acclaimed children's books, including I Love You, Blue Kangaroo!; Where Are You, Blue Kangaroo?; No More Kissing!; and Little Miss Muffet's Count-Along Surprise. Anthea Bell is an award-winning translator who is best known for her translation of the French Asterix comics.
"The writing is superb, without a wasted word and tribute must be paid not only to the author but also to Anthea Bell who translated the book from the original German. The illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark have a much darker tone than those found in her own books but they set the scene beautifully. It's a book to read, to treasure and to return to time and time again." Bookbag