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The Best Singer in the World

Author: Ulf Nilsson

Illustrator: Eva Eriksson

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Quote: This may be the best book about singing in the world. It’s certainly the funniest.
'Best Books of 2012', Your Weekend, December 2012
Synopsis: My little brother thinks I'm the best singer in the world. But I can't sing if there are too many people.
When I was six, we were having a performance at school to celebrate spring. It would be on a real stage, with proper spotlights.
I told the teacher I didn't want to. I got really shy...
The Guardian, July 2012
I'm not sure I've known Isobel to laugh so loudly at a picture bo...
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'Best Books of 2012', Your Weekend, December 2012
This may be the best book about singing in the world. It’s certai...
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The Children’s Bookshop, July 2012
When our hero is asked to take part in the school show, his cripp...
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Otago Daily Times, August 2012
This is the English version of [an] original Swedish ... sweet an...
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Kiwi Families, June 2012
A sweet tale about a little boy who overcomes stage fright. Perfe...
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Irish Times (UK), June 2012
Translated from Swedish by Julia Marshall and illustrated with ch...
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The Bookbag (UK), July 2012
It's a brilliant idea for a story. Standing up on stage in front ...
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Bookrapt, July 2012
A warm-hearted story with charming illustrations. Another fine pu...
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OHbaby!, Spring 2012
Sympathetic storytelling that avoids cliché and corniness.
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parentsintouch.co.uk
A slim book which nonetheless manages to cover a lot of topics - ...
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Widge Reviews, July 2012
This is a great story about overcoming shyness and about sibling ...
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The Source, September 2012
Gives a marvellous insight into the world as seen by a six-year o...
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Around the Bookshops, August 2012
A tribute to brotherly love in a sweet but real story.
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Magpies, September 2012
In every way this is a lovely story and picture book; it is a war...
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School Librarian Journal (UK), Autumn 2012
A heart-warming tale of a shy six-year-old boy who has a warm, lo...
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Country of origin Sweden
Translator Julia Marshall
Editor     Penelope Todd
Age 5+
Size 40pp, 260mm x 195mm
ISBN 978-1-877579-12-7 Hardback

978-1-877579-13-4 Paperback
Published by Gecko Press in April 2012
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Kiss 'em Tickle 'em -

Adele Jackson    Mon Nov 11, 2013

The best singer in the world explores what it's like to be a reluctant child in the spotlight, to be a big brother and to have your little brother believe you're the best in the world. It's about summoning courage to do something brave and risky in front of everyone - discovering you can; and feeling the love of your family behind you. These are big issues for little kids going to school and stepping up to participate in a school or stage performance for the first time. We love this book in our house and the song sung to the little brother has become a chant and a tickle opportunity full of giggles.

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