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Ian Serraillier (1912–1994)

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Foto taget av: Serraillier playing the piano. Old dictionary of children's authors, photographer unknown

Verk av Ian Serraillier

The Silver Sword (1956) 2,623 exemplar
Beowulf the Warrior (1961) 381 exemplar
The Enchanted Island (1964) 81 exemplar
A Puffin Quartet of Poets (1958) 65 exemplar
The Gorgon's Head (1961) 45 exemplar
Havelok the Dane (1967) 19 exemplar
The Way of Danger (1962) 19 exemplar
Clashing Rocks (New Windmills) (1963) 19 exemplar
Heracles the strong (1970) 18 exemplar
I'll Tell You a Tale (1973) 15 exemplar
Suppose You Met a Witch (1973) 14 exemplar
Chaucer and his world (1967) 12 exemplar
The Bishop and the Devil (1971) 8 exemplar
Skatten på Djungelön (1946) 6 exemplar
The ballad of St. Simeon (1970) 5 exemplar
The windmill book of ballads (1962) 4 exemplar
Franklin's Tale (1972) 4 exemplar
Three new poets : Roy McFadden, Alex Comfort, Ian Serraillier (1942) — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar
How Happily She Laughs (1976) 2 exemplar
MAKING GOOD 2 exemplar
Katy at home (1957) 2 exemplar
Belinda and the swans (1952) 1 exemplar
Jungle adventure (1953) 1 exemplar
Beowulf 1 exemplar
Katy at School 1 exemplar
Flight to adventure (1947) 1 exemplar
Fight for Freedom (1986) 1 exemplar
Poems and pictures (1958) 1 exemplar
Everest Climbed (1955) 1 exemplar
Guns in the Wild (1956) 1 exemplar
The weaver birds (1944) — Illustratör — 1 exemplar
The Cave of Death (1971) 1 exemplar
Treasure Ahead (1954) 1 exemplar
Thomas and the sparrow (1946) 1 exemplar
The monster horse (1950) 1 exemplar
Silverdolken 1 exemplar

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The Ghost of Thomas Kempe (1973) — Redaktör, vissa utgåvor496 exemplar
Illustrated Treasury of Modern Literature for Children (1985) — Bidragsgivare — 61 exemplar
Selected Tales (New Windmill) (1971) — Redaktör — 53 exemplar
A Golden Land (1958) — Bidragsgivare — 41 exemplar
The Oxford Book of Scary Tales (1992) — Bidragsgivare — 34 exemplar
The Kite and Other Stories (1963) — Inledning — 25 exemplar
Fantasy Tales (1977) — Bidragsgivare — 22 exemplar
Bad Boys (Young Puffin Books) (1972) — Bidragsgivare — 16 exemplar
The Thorny Paradise: Writers on Writing for Children (1975) — Bidragsgivare — 15 exemplar
The Ghost Story Treasury (1987) — Bidragsgivare — 12 exemplar
Spooks, Spooks, Spooks (1966) — Bidragsgivare — 12 exemplar
Escape Stories (1980) — Bidragsgivare — 9 exemplar
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 2, October 1973 (1973) — Bidragsgivare — 5 exemplar
Thrilling Adventure Stories (1988) — Bidragsgivare — 5 exemplar
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 6, February 1976 — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar


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WW2 Childrens storybook - title or author unknown i Name that Book (december 2011)


I read this when I was about 10, as I played Joseph in the Windsor Arts Club Junior Drama production. Apart from 2 or 3 bits, I didn't remember most of the events in the story. It's interesting in that so much of the book takes place after the end of the war - it shows the allied occupation, and how the different countries managed their sectors (I don't want to overplay this though - it's interesting, but it isn't one of the major parts of the book).

The structure of the book is quite interesting - it feels like a bunch of vignettes, rather than having an overarching narrative. You could drop one of the sections, without it significantly affecting the narrative. Still, it is a fascinating story, very evocative of the broken Europe left after World War 2.… (mer)
thisisstephenbetts | 41 andra recensioner | Nov 25, 2023 |
Quite a good introduction to the plight of Polish refugees in WwII for younger children. It reads as somewhat sanitised and a bit old fashioned now, but at the time was ground breaking as a lot of adults thought the subject matter was unsuitable for children.
kitsune_reader | 41 andra recensioner | Nov 23, 2023 |
Grabbing illustrations mix with potent prose and just the right amount of haunting twists to make this a read to cherish year after year.

While this book begins with a child, who believes to have met a witch, it soon turns to the question of what others would do if they ran across one. Here, the story of two children, Roland and Miranda, begins and what happened when they were snatched by one. It's haunting and holds the rich threads of a fairy tale as it winds around the adventure with imagination, magic, and a tiny sense of dread. After all, no one really wants to meet a dangerous witch.

This one is worth picking up because of the artwork. The style seems chaotic at first glass but mesmerizes with details and knotted weaves. It fits the tale marvelously and will captivate not only young readers but older ones as well. It invites to flip through the pages and simply enjoy each scene. And wow, is that witch creepy.

The prose flows with traditional style and reminds of an early, story-telling era. The imagery and descriptions are well-crafted, letting the text flow with as much artistry as the illustrations. That also means that this will go over the youngest readers' heads and will even give many in the intended age group some difficulties, at times. It's still worth the read, though, since the plot is obvious, and the unknown words and phrases will stretch and boost vocabulary skills. It's a treat many will enjoy, and not just children...which also explains why it's been around and enjoyed for many decades. I received a complimentary digital copy and enjoyed the tale
… (mer)
tdrecker | Oct 13, 2023 |
I remember reading this book a very long time ago; like, maybe 15 years ago (Before any of you say anything, 15 years ago is a long time for me, when you remember that I’m only 24 years old). The copy I have at home is quite old, and if you remember my review of Ben Hur, then you can imagine how old this is. The pages are brittle, the writing looks like it was done on a typewriter, and there’s one of my family member’s initials in dark fountain pen ink on the front page.

The story is about a family, the Balickis, who are a Polish family living in Warsaw when the war breaks out. Because of circumstances beyond their control, the whole family – three children, father, and mother – are all separated from each other. The story mostly follows the children on their wacky adventures through war-torn Europe as they try to find their way back to their parents, not even knowing if they’re alive or not. But their unwavering hope and optimism keeps everyone going and they always find a way in the end!

I think that what adult readers of this novel have to keep in mind is that it is written for children under the age of 12. The story is very feel-good, even if they do have a lot of mishaps and problems coming their way, but you do know that they are going to be just fine in the end.

It’s a cute little family novel that does well in introducing children to the severity of World War II, and what the real situation was for a lot of families during that time – separation, not being able to contact each other, death, and illness. It’s all in the book, and it’s all tied up with a nice little ribbon made of happy endings at the end.

Final rating: if this is for a child below the age of 12, then definitely a 4/5. The writing is very babyish but I’m sure that a child would enjoy it more than an adult would.
… (mer)
viiemzee | 41 andra recensioner | Feb 20, 2023 |



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