Collateral attractions: Alice’s favorite book #richardarmitage

Emma Chambers, Dawn French and Richard Armitage in Vicar of Dibley. Source:

Do you remember Alice’s favorite book? It was a tossup between Jill’s Gymkhana (which I wrote about here) and Werner Holzwarth’s The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business (which I had encountered earlier in German as Vom kleinen Maulwurf, der wissen wollte, wer ihm auf den Kopf gemacht hat, and had given frequently as a gift — the German title is so much more precise).

The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business. Photograph: Peter Hammer Verlag

Today: news that the illustrator of Holzwarth’s book, Wolfgang Erlbruch (also a famous children’s book author in Germany in addition to illustrating), has won the well-endowed Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize. Congratulations to Herr Erlbruch — and hey, Geraldine, don’t make fun of Alice’s taste in books! I always knew it was a great book.

~ by Servetus on April 9, 2017.

14 Responses to “Collateral attractions: Alice’s favorite book #richardarmitage”

  1. I had no idea Alice’s favourite books were real!


  2. It’s a great book and my young nephews loved the version with sound effects and pop ups. My sister wasn’t too pleased I bought it for them though. Ah the delight of being the naughty auntie.


  3. The book about the mole is great. The title in Danish is not alright though, because its title includes a much cruder word than pooh.


    • everybody poops 🙂


      • For ‘pedagogical’ reasons (inverted commas indicate the lack of good taste), the Danish title includes a four letter word beginning with L. It’s also used as a swear-word. So you see, I was very apprehensive about taking this one home from the library to my then toddlers. But it’s an altogether sweet book, and they loved it.


        • weird choice. Although I didn’t really feel that the English title reflected the German one very well. (Put that down to English restraint vs the German semi-preoccupation with fecal matter, lol. )


  4. I am very proud to say I own both the mole book (purchased in Quebec) and Everyone Poops. Alice and I share a great love of literature🤣 As an elementary and preschool teacher, it was impossible not to buy and read. My students (in their late 20s) still mention them🤣. I have a flair for reading aloud with sound effects👀


    • I love that you read them to your students! When I gave my nieces “Everybody Poops” my SIL looked at me full of disapproval. There should be more fun in life 🙂


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