Young Readers’ Book Club

Sunday, 11 September 2016 - 4:00pm Bangalore

Young Readers’ Book Club

In the world of children's books, summer is always a special time, because it is awards time. The best books of the year rise above all others and for those who have thus far missed them; it is a reason to take another look. Here, at the British Council Bangalore, we are celebrating the shortlists for the Kate Greenway and the CILIP Carnegie Medal, given in the UK for best book and best illustration, respectively. Join us as we go on a journey to explore all shortlisted books for these awards in 2016. 

In the third session, we take you on a fun ride with 2 books – There’s a Bear on my Chair by Ross Collins and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen. The session will be led by Shreya Biswas, a well-known storyteller in the city. This programme is suitable for children aged 5 years and above.

About the book - There’s a Bear on My Chair

Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn't big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has eventually gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But what's that? Is that a Mouse in Bear's house?!

Ross Collins portrays perfectly the anger and frustration of the mouse at the deliberate provocative snub from the bear through beautiful, bold, confident yet simple drawings. Colour is used to great effect; background and font colours reflect the mood of the mouse with red used to depict pure anger. The book is littered with visual humour that can be enjoyed at many different levels, from the facial expressions of both mouse and bear to more adult references to Elvis and endangered species. Ross Collins uses the double page spread effectively; he is not afraid to leave space and through this ensures that the mouse and bear are always the focus of the illustration. With text and story that are in perfect synergy this is a complete package from cover to cover.

About the book - Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

From the award-winning team behind Extra Yarn, and illustrated by Jon Klassen, the Kate Greenaway-winning creator of I Want My Hat Back, comes a deadpan tale full of visual humour. Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find ….... nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary - and finding it in a manner they'd never expect.

About the Facilitator – Ms Shreya Biswas

The session will be facilitated by Ms Shreya Biswas, a member of the Bangalore Storytelling Society. Shreya is a popular storyteller/performer who has trained under some renowned performers in the art of storytelling. She is the founder of ‘Katharangam’ and an advisor of the International Storytelling Festival in Chennai. She has given regular performances at Atta Galatta, Rangoli Metro Art Centre and Jagriti, She uses her stories to train teachers/trainers at schools and children with special needs.

Fee: Rs 200 per child

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