He belongs among the best. One of the most prolific and successful children’s writers of his time, Martin Waddell has written more than eighty books for children. In Waddell’s gentle but powerful text, he writes about a child’s feelings, from fear of the dark, to separation anxiety, to the fear of being lost and the relief of being found.
He connects to the basic emotions of childhood with genuine affection.
In our home, Martin’s tender words have helped us parent through many early childhood experiences. We read Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? at bedtime when our little guy was scared of “the dark all around us.” We read Owl Babies to our little girl every time I left on a business trip. We giggled with Farmer Duck as farmyard friends gave a lazy farmer his just reward. Waddell’s reassuring stories have become warm, familiar friends to our children in our home. That’s what good children’s literature is all about.
“The moments we share are the moments that stay with us. And these moments also quite often make for the books that stay with us.” –Martin Waddell