"An imaginative look at what makes a great story"
September 2023 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2023
Captivatingly anarchic, Bella the Storyteller is a picture book that will delight all readers who like rule breakers, can suspend their disbelief and enjoy an unpredictable ride.
When Bella, the background of the story, decides that she is going be the storyteller, readers know that something unusual is about to happen. First, she has to find the characters. Squirrel and Rabbit reluctantly agree to give it a go but, when a volcano, a fire-eating dragon, fluffy clouds a sparkly rainbow and leaping unicorns, pirates, sharks and a sea monster all get involved they know that things have got out of hand… How can they get Bella to stop? And, if she does, will they return safely?
The idea that stories can get out of hand is refreshing while also serving as a good prompt to thinking about what makes a great story.