Children’s Book Review: Video: Bedtime Story

From the best-selling author of The tall man Y the arsonist, a personal account of death, life and the enchantment of stories. With illustrations by Anna Walker. Watch the impressive book trailer of this moving book that is as much a memoir as it is a manual.

Let me tell you a story…

When Chloe Hooper’s partner is diagnosed with a rare and aggressive disease, she has to find a way to tell their two young children. On instinct, she turns to the bookshelf. Can the news be delivered as a bedtime story? Is there a perfect book to prepare children for loss?

Hooper embarks on a quest to find what practical lessons children’s literature, with its innocent orphans and wicked adults, magic, monsters, and anthropomorphic animals, can teach about pain and resilience in real life. From the Brothers Grimm to Frances Hodgson Burnett to Tolkien and Dahl, all of whom dueled as children, she follows the breadcrumbs of the world’s favorite authors, searching for the deep wisdom in their books and lives.

Both the memoirs and the manual, bedtime story is stunningly illustrated by New York Times award-winning Anna Walker. In an age of global uncertainty, here is a deep and moving exploration of the dark and light of storytelling.

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