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Series: NYRB Kids
ISBN: 9781681375045
Pages: 328
Publication Date: December 1, 2020

The Little Bookroom (Paperback)

by Eleanor Farjeon, illustrated by Edward Ardizzone, with an afterword by Rumer Godden

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“In the home of my childhood there was a room we called ‘The Little Bookroom.’ . . . That dusty bookroom, whose windows were never opened . . . opened magic casements for me through which I looked out on other worlds . . . worlds filled with poetry and prose and fact and fantasy. . .” —Eleanor Farjeon

In The Little Bookroom, Eleanor Farjeon mischievously tilts our workaday world to reveal its wonders and follies. Her selection of her favorite stories describes powerful—and sometimes exceedingly silly—monarchs, and commoners who are every bit their match; musicians and dancers who live for art rather than earthly reward; and a goldfish who wishes to “marry the Moon, surpass the Sun, and possess the World.”

Praise

Selected as one of 100 Must-Reads (Age 13) by Instructor magazine

To this day, a copy of The Little Bookroom sits on my nightstand. . . . I don’t remember a time when I didn’t own it.
—Sadie Stein, The Paris Review Daily

Eleanor Farjeon's stories and poems have been a delight to children for many years, and here she has brought together a new collection of some of her own favorite stories. . . . Storytellers will welcome it.
Library Journal

A selection of treasures from Eleanor Farjeon's full store of writing for children. Including some stories which have not appeared before in book form. They make a rich combination: gems for storytelling and reading aloud, for children's own reading, and a few that may be appreciated most fully by adults.
The Horn Book

27 heartwarming tales. . . .
Publishers Weekly

Twenty-seven of Eleanor Farjeon's stories have been selected by the author herself to make an anthology in the classical fairy tale tradition yet lit with the sparks of reason needed to pry young minds loose from their moorings and to widen reading.
Kirkus Review