The Story of Little Billy Bluesocks, Hardback Book
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This charming story, told in verse, shares a day in the life of a fun-loving little boy.

Each beautiful illustration, painted in Olfer'' unique style, shows Little Billy Bluesocks as he goes through the day doing tasks that all children will enjoy.

He wakes up, plants a seed, feeds the rabbits, plays on the seesaw with his dog, picks apples, has a delicious supper and finally goes to bed. This recently discovered classic from Sibylle von Olfers is available for the first time in English.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 24 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Floris Books
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  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9780863159046



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Originally published in 1906 as <u>Butze Butze Bübchen</u>, this sweet bedtime story from celebrated German children's author/artist Sibylle von Olfers, who is perhaps best known for <u>The Story of the Root Children</u>, pairs a simple rhyming text - <i>"Little Billy Bluesocks / Wants to romp and play. / He pulls out scarves and socks and sheets. / What will his mother say?"</i> - with charming art nouveau illustrations. Following the eponymous Billy Bluesocks through his day, the book chronicles the toddler's many little adventures and activities, from going fishing to having tea, concluding as he drifts off to sleep, with angels watching over him.Although I wouldn't describe <u>The Story of Little Billy Bluesocks</u> as a particularly compelling story, it does make for a charming, lighthearted bedtime selection. The narrative reads well, and will keep young children engaged, while the artwork, as one would expect from von Olfers, is lovely. I particularly liked the contrast created between the light blue theme of many of the paintings, and the vivid red and orange accents. Recommended to readers looking for nursery-rhyme style bedtime stories, as well as to fans of von Olfers' work.