Happy Belated World Book Day

Yesterday was World Book Day, and somewhere in the misty north of England, there were Snorgh-related activities afoot at Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books (see the gallery of the Snorgh’s world travels here). But meanwhile I was back down in the Midlands working through a rather long to-do list. However, because I felt it necessary to celebrate World Book Day by idling with some book or other, this morning I belatedly took an hour or so to start reading Daniel Pennac’s truly lovely The Rights of the Reader.

The Rights of the Reader is one of those books that is so utterly persuasive and charming that I can’t be bothered to think about whether I agree with everything Pennac is saying or not. And that’s just as it should be, because Pennac’s whole thing is about the sheer pleasure of reading: it is about reading not as weight, obligation and heaviness, but as flight, lightness and freedom. So I am just revelling in the wit, intelligence and charm of what is the perfect book for World Book Day. If you haven’t read it yet, it is a pleasure not to be missed. So here — to whet your appetite — is a nice little overview of Pennac’s ten rights of the reader, provided by Walker Books.

The Rights of the Reader
The Rights of the Reader

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