7309_TSM_26CPoster_PS_v00426 Characters: celebrating childhood story heroes by Cambridge Jones (Photographer)
Alice Rochester (Editor), Andy Stanton (Forword)

The only problem with this book – the accompanying guide to the inspiring exhibition at Oxford’s Story Museum of the same name – is that you can’t read this book and not add more books to your To Read pile. And not just books to your to read pile, but a host more to your To Re-Read pile.

For each of the 26 Children’s authors who have contributed to this book and exhibition there is, a short introduction as to who they are, and a longer interview with the photographer, Cambridge Jones, as to why they chose character that they have, a short piece about the character and its author, and an extract from the story which best features the character.One of the questions that I found myself watching out for with each was how they became storytellers, and so many of them ring true with my own ideas and thoughts, and childhood that have made myself a writer.

Already, I have added a Frances Hardinge book to my TBR list (next on the list), and Katherine Rundell’s Rooftoppers will be following that soon after. And I still want to re-read The Wind of the Willows – that has to be the re-read book of the year.

If you love stories, and storytellers, this book, like the exhition is for you.