Stargazers, Skyscrapers and Extraordinary Sausages by Claudia Boldt
  

Stargazers, Skyscrapers and Extraordinary Sausages

Written by Claudia Boldt
Illustrated by Claudia Boldt
Part of the Child's Play Library Series

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Henrietta and her dog frank couldn’t be more different! Henrietta can think of a million and one things she’d like to do when she grows up from making ice cream to being a mechanic. Frank only wants one thing: sausages. The contrast is amusingly shown; Henrietta’s hectic thinking flows across the pages while Frank’s simple thought of sausages is reflected in more images of sausages than you can imagine. Luckily, by the end, they have come up with one thing they could do together…

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Stargazers, Skyscrapers and Extraordinary Sausages by Claudia Boldt

Henrietta has all sorts of wild ambitions, but unfortunately Frank, her dog, can only think about sausages. Will they be able to come to a compromise and find an activity that suits both of them?

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Little Henrietta has plans of grandeur when it comes to what she will do when she grows up: first she wants to make ice-cream, then climb skyscrapers as well as being a superdancer amongst other things; Henrietta certainly does not lack ambition! The same cannot be said for her dog Frank, who only has one thing on his mind... sausages. After Henrietta's rather excited tirade about all the things she wants to do with her life, Frank gets rather cross: I like sausages and sitting down! You like ice-cream and moving around! We have nothing in common! Will the two friends ever find common ground? You'll have to read it to find out but friendship works in mysterious ways sometimes, as the hilarious ending illustrates! Claudia Boldt's style is certainly not one that is common place in this country. In France (and I expect elsewhere in mainland Europe, as Claudia is German), children's illustration has always been much more bold and bracing than here, very different from the pretty pictures many people will imagine children's book illustration to be about. But I think things have changed here in the last ten years or so, and this book is the epitome of how children's illustration can be both child-friendly and totally out there . The artwork is not cute or dainty, but it is efficient and is in tune with the overall tone of the book. The incongruity of the story, teamed with the artwork, brings an overall wacky and fun feel to the story. The use of colours, the handwritten font and the dynamic artwork emphasise Henrietta and Frank's surreal daydreaming. Star Gazers, Skyscrapers and Extraordinary Sausages is a celebration of the power of dreams but is nonetheless a story about friendship and about finding common ground - often in food, it has to be said, and this is no exception! This is definitely an entertaining read, with fun illustrations (Frank's facial expressions are particularly hilarious). I think the unusual artwork will instigate interesting conversations as well as familiarize young audiences with less mainstream styles. Claudia Boldt has been selected as one of Booktrust's 2011 Best New Illustrators. Library Mice

About the Author

Claudia Boldt

Selected as a Booktrust Best New Illustrator of 2011.

Claudia went to Glasgow School of Art as well as Kingston University where she graduated with a Masters in Illustration in 2007. The same year she founded Cloud Cuckoo Studio with fellow illustrator Katharina Koall in London's East End.

What Claudia likes doing most is writing and illustrating fun and slightly absurd comedies for 4 year olds! She wants to entertain while remaining truthful to her personal emotions, interests and ideas.

Apart from making picture books her work has been exhibited internationally and was showcased in several publications including Images 33 and the 3x3 Illustration Directory. Recent editorial commissions include Waterstone's Books Quarterly, Die Zeit and Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin.

Claudia was chosen as one of Booktrust's Best New Illustrators for 2011.

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Format

Paperback
32 pages
Interest Age: From 4 To 8

Author

Claudia Boldt
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Author's Website

www.claudiaboldt.com/

Publisher

Child's Play (International) Ltd an imprint of Child's Play International Ltd

Publication date

1st April 2010

ISBN

9781846433443

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