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International Video Day: I Wish by Toon Tellegen, ill. Ingrid Godon

Back in September I reviewed an odd, and most enjoyable, little Dutch import. Called I Wish, it was the kind of book that could inspire a woman to write something like, “I Wish isn’t going to sit quietly in a category. It’s the kind of book that would rather wander off and make up its own categories, expecting you to follow dutifully behind.” When I review such books it’s partially because I really and truly do like them and, sometimes, it’s also because I want the books to get more attention. Elsewhere Editions is a small publisher. How else would people learn about this book?

Well, there’s always the power of video. As it turns out, Elsewhere recently launched an interview with the the author and the illustrator of I Wish, as well as two young readers. The kids read from the book and watching them reminded me of my own children. When I read this book to them they found it enticing. Possibly because it was a little weird and unlike the other books on their shelves.

I don’t really do Video Sunday posts anymore. In lieu of that, please enjoy the following. A person couldn’t hope for a better look at their work than this:

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Judy Weymouth says

    Each time you post about I WISH I remember the first time I read about this book on your site. I was very curious and so purchased a copy. When you featured I WISH in December I reread the text and re-experienced the illustrations. My reactions to both had not changed. The pictures I still find very unsettling and the poetry among the most profound I have ever read. I am wondering if any of your blog followers have experienced this book and what others have to say about it. I’m also wondering how many copies have been purchased in the USA. The Netherlands was one of my favorite countries to visit when I lived in Germany in 1970.