A perfect hardback picturebook gift for young children this Halloween!
Wizzo, who’s learning to be a wizard, is really ace at broom-surfing. He meets the dragon-girl Dradru in the magic forest, and together they go whizzing and zooming about — and swoop their way right into an exciting adventure. If only the Big Bad Wolf wasn’t around …
A magical tale from the multiple award-winning picturebook artist Binette Schroeder.
PRAISE FOR THE WIZARDLING
Editor’s Choice and 5 starred review in Books for Keeps
‘Schroeder’s colour rich illustrations are perfect for this gentle, enjoyable take on The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Luminous mauves and blues emphasise the magical landscape that is Wizzo’s world, while the bright greens of the countryside create the perfect setting for a picnic. Of course there is danger – once again emphasised by the drama of red and gold – but the final spread provides a reassuring conclusion. The text, cleverly translated by Siobhán Parkinson, has a satisfying rhythm with plenty of enjoyable vocabulary – lovely onomatopoeic words to roll off the tongue. This is an ideal book to share at bedtime, just that little bit longer than the youngest picturebook and so providing a satisfying story that is also visually rich and enagaging. Beautiful.’ – Books for Keeps, July 2015
‘A truly enchanting story… the reader is whisked off on an adventure through a dream-like landscape. The text is lyrical and gently humorous, and expertly translated from the German by Siobhán Parkinson. But it is the illustrations that really make The Wizardling shine. Subtle hues and colouring give a perfect rendering of time of day and the story’s magical location. As each page is turned, the light in the sky grows as we travel from so-o-o early in the morning into the new light of day… Gentle, exquisite, warm and wonderful, this picturebook needs to find a home on your shelf.’ – Mary Esther Judy, Inis Magazine, Children’s Books Ireland
‘An enchanting story that whisks the imaginative and inquisitive young reader away on a wonderful adventure that unfolds and floats from one event to another… Schroeder’s illustrations are light and breezy – as are her words. Both elements breath life and lightness as each page is turned … Schroeder’s imaginations come to life on the page of this simple yet beautifully illustrated picture book.
Her words are lyrical, gently and humorous, and expertly translated from German by Siobhán Parkinson. But it is the illustrations that really make The Wizardling shine. Subtle hues and colouring give a perfect rendering of time of day and the story’s magical location.’ – Gobblefunked Children’s Book Blog
‘Binette Schroeder is one of Germany’s best-known illustrators, a creator of fantastical picture books with witty detail and a luminous, muted use of colour … Schroeder’s use of onomatopoeia (inventively replicated by Siobhán Parkinson) and creative lettering offer plenty of scope for read aloud sessions, but it is the use of glowing colour and multiple images to progress the narrative – the stages of the wolf’s transformation on one double spread are a real highlight – that are the wonder of this book.’ – Gillian Lathey, School Library Association
Binette Schroeder worked as a freelance graphic artist and portrait photographer until she made her picturebook breakthrough with Lupinchen in 1969. Her book illustrations have received numerous awards, including the Deutscher Literaturpreis in 1997 and the Grand Prize of the German Academy for Literature for Children and Young Adults in 2004 for her contribution to children’s books. She has illustrated seventeen picturebooks to date. She now works as an illustrator, painter and photographer in Munich.