Just imagine how many secrets there are! There are little secrets and big secrets. There are painful secrets and secrets you must never, ever tell anyone.
Dad has a secret about Granddad. Granddad thinks that he has a secret, but I know what it is. Even animals have secrets. And I also have a very secret secret.
Vil du høre en hemmelighet? is the clever and inquisitive debut picture book from Kaia Dahle Nyhus. A book which looks, perceives and thinks from a child’s perspective.
‘Kaia Dahle Nyhus is an important newcomer among Norwegian creators of children’s books. [...] She received the Norwegian Ministry of Culture's illustration award for her work on Håpe, sa gåsa by Gro Dahle. She continues to impress after creating both the text and illustrations for her new book. The illustrations that carry the story, but the text is also beautifully stripped down to the bare essentials. [...] Kaia Dahle Nyhus has delivered a unified and beautiful picture book, which, although written from a child's perspective, is also wonderful for adult readers.’
‘It is the world of children that provides the setting for this simple yet clever story of a first-person narrator who is exploring the world and, in particular, what it means to have secrets. The concept of secrets is elaborated on with child-like cunning... And then there is the book’s punch line, the final secret that the first-person narrator has, her greatest personal secret that she dares to share with us.’
‘This concept book’s strength is its open, playful and inquisitive handling of many different secrets. It will fascinate both those reading and those being read to. [...] The secret that is told on the last page is not just any secret. There is something appealingly reckless about it. [...] The texts are simple, the illustrations are stylised and expressive, the colours are vivid and the characters are clearly characterised through the use of patterns and shapes.’
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