An oddly unsettling children’s book

I picked up an odd little book in Foyles a while ago – a German picture book called Kurz nach sechs kommt die Echs by Nadina Budde and published by Peter Hammer Verlag. It stars a rather depresed looking lizard who gets home from work in an office, goes to bed, watches TV and then dreams of being able to wish for things. None of the wishes turn out quite the way you’d expect, and the next morning it’s off to work again. Mind you, things are different this time around – the characters from the dream are all around, the lizard is driving the bus and not wearing a tie.

I’m not sure what the moral of the story is – commuting is hell, be careful what you wish for, adult life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? The 3 reviewers on give it 5 stars each though, so what do I know? Perhaps it’s that things can turn out for the better even if it’s not the way you expect…

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I'm a freelance literary translator from German and French to English. The title of my blog comes from Mary Schmich's description of reading: it struck home with me, and seems especially apt for translated fiction. Here are some of my musings on what I'm reading, re-reading, reading to my children, and translating.
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5 Responses to An oddly unsettling children’s book

  1. Perhaps that imagination can enrich your life?

  2. PBs aren’t just for kids either. Any text?

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