Read this book to a child near you. Bambert’s Book of Missing Stories by Reinhardt Jung is the perfect read-aloud book, and I almost felt like going out and finding myself someone to read it to. It’s also a very beautiful book, with great colour pictures by Emma Chichester Clark. You could easily sit and study the pictures in detail for a long time.
The plot is a little bit strange, but very charming. Bambert is a lonely and slightly odd man who sends his stories out into the world and asks for them to be sent back to him. The stories he has written are so traditional in style that you feel you have read them before, except you probably haven’t. You know them, and you don’t.
It’s a melancholy sort of book, but not so sad that it’s not child friendly. Try it on your child, or borrow one.