Very slowly he turned his head back to look at Shmuel, who wasn't crying anymore, merely staring at the floor and looking as if he was trying to convince his soul not to live inside his tiny body anymore, but to slip away and sail to the door and rise up into the sky, gliding through the clouds until it was very far away.'' -The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
slowly quotesturned quoteshead quotesback quotesshmuel quotescrying quotesanymore quotesstaring quotesfloor quotesconvince quotessoul quoteslive quotesinside quotestiny quotesbody quotesslip quotessail quotesdoor quotesrise quotessky quotesgliding quotesclouds quotesaway quotesboy quotesstriped quotespajamas quotes
He pushed his two feet together and shot his right arm in the air before clicking his two heels together and saying in a deep and clear voice as possible the words he said every time he left a soldiers presence. 'Heil Hitler, ' he said, which, he presumed, was another way of saying, 'Well, goodbye for now, have a pleasant afternoon'.
Let's not play games, Mr. Cratchett, " I replied. "I wanted to let you know that I'll be coming in for an appointment with Mr. Raisin on Tuesday morning at eleven o'clock. I shall need about an hour and would prefer it if we were not disturbed during that time. I hope that he will be free at that hour but just so you both know, if he is not, then I am perfectly willing to sit in your office until he is free. I shall bring a book with me to pass the time. I shall bring two, if need be. I shall bring the complete works of Shakespeare if he insists on keeping me waiting interminably and those plays will get me through the long hours. But I will not leave until I have seen him, are we quite clear on that? Now, I wish you a very pleasant Sunday, Mr. Cratchett. Enjoy your lunch, won't you? Your breath smells of whisky.
play quotesgames quotesmr quotescratchett quotesreplied quoteswanted quotescoming quotesappointment quotesraisin quotestuesday quotesmorning quoteseleven quotesoclock quoteshour quotesprefer quotesdisturbed quotestime quoteshope quotesfree quotesperfectly quotessit quotesoffice quotesfree quotesbring quotesbook quotespass quotescomplete quotesworks quotesshakespeare quotesinsists quoteskeeping quoteswaiting quotesinterminably quotesplays quoteslong quoteshours quotesleave quotesclear quotespleasant quotessunday quotescratchett quotesenjoy quoteslunch quotesbreath quotessmells quoteswhisky quotes
He's crazy, " Bruno said, twirling a finger in circles around the side of his head and whistling to indicate just how crazy he thought he was. "He went up to a cat on the street the other day and invited her over for afternoon tea." "What did the cat say?" asked Gretel, who was making a sandwich in the corner of the kitchen. "Nothing." explained Bruno. "It was a cat.
crazy quotesbruno quotestwirling quotesfinger quotescircles quotesside quoteshead quoteswhistling quotescrazy quotesthought quotescat quotesstreet quotesday quotesinvited quotesafternoon quotestea quotesasked quotesgretel quotesmaking quotessandwich quotescorner quoteskitchen quotesexplained quotesbruno quotescat quotes
And soon afterwards this manuscript will appear, my final book... There will be outrage and disgust and people will turn on me at the last, they will hate me, my reputation will for ever be destroyed, my punishment earned, self-inflicted like this gunshot wound, and the world will finally know that I was the greatest feather man of them all.
With the adult ones, I feel I need to get as deep inside the psychology of a character as I can, and that needs to be first-person. In the children's books, I feel I need some distance. I don't want to be the nine-year-old at the center of the story. I need to have some type of narrative voice.
I don't change the language for children books. I don't make the language simpler. I use words that they might have to look up in the dictionary. The books are shorter, but there's just not that much difference other than that to be honest. And the funny thing is, I have adult writer friends [to whom I would say], "Would you think of writing a children's book?" and they go, "No, God, I wouldn't know how." They're quite intimidated by the concept of it. And when I say to children's books writers, would they write an adult book, they say no because they think they're too good for it.
change quoteslanguage quoteschildren quotesbooks quotesmake quotessimpler quoteswords quotesdictionary quotesbooks quotesshorter quotesdifference quoteshonest quotesfunny quotesthing quotesadult quoteswriter quotesfriends quoteswriting quoteschildrens quotesbook quotesgod quotesintimidated quotesconcept quoteswriters quoteswrite quotesbook quotesgood quotes
I started reading Dickens when I was about 12, and I particularly liked all of the orphan books. I always liked books about young people who are left on their own with the world, and the four children's books I've written feature that very thing: children that are abandoned by their families or running away from their families or ignored by their families and having to grow up quicker than they should, like David Copperfield - having to be the hero of their own story.
started quotesreading quotesdickens quotes12 quotesorphan quotesbooks quotesbooks quotesyoung quotespeople quotesleft quotesworld quoteschildrens quoteswritten quotesfeature quotesthing quoteschildren quotesabandoned quotesfamilies quotesrunning quotesgrow quotesquicker quotesdavid quotescopperfield quoteshero quotesstory quotes
I am frustrated by celebrities who decide to write children's books because they think it's easy. That drives me crazy. It's frustrating because it's unfair to children. Because they'll get a lot of attention, they'll get a lot of marketing budget and so on just because they're a celebrity - the Madonnas, the Ricky Gervaises, the Russell Brands.
frustrated quotescelebrities quotesdecide quoteswrite quoteschildrens quotesbooks quoteseasy quotesdrives quotescrazy quotesfrustrating quotesunfair quoteschildren quoteslot quotesattention quotesmarketing quotesbudget quotescelebrity quotesmadonnas quotesricky quotesgervaises quotesrussell quotesbrands quotes
I hope for so much from every book I read. And time and again, I find myself disappointed. I look across my bookshelves and see hundreds of titles which in my memory seem merely mediocre or second-rate. Only occasionally does a novel appear for which I feel a lasting passion, a book that I think could in time become a classic.
The first thing he noticed was how quiet it was. This was nothing like the kind of quiet he heard when he woke up in the middle of the night after a bad dream. When that happened, there were always strange, unidentifiable sounds seeping into his room from the tiny gaps where the windowpanes weren't sealed together correctly. At those moments he could always tell there was life outside, even if all that life was fast asleep. It was a silence that wasn't silence at all.
thing quotesnoticed quotesquiet quoteskind quotesheard quoteswoke quotesmiddle quotesnight quotesbad quotesdream quoteshappened quotesstrange quotesunidentifiable quotessounds quotesseeping quotesroom quotestiny quotesgaps quoteswindowpanes quotessealed quotescorrectly quotesmoments quoteslife quotesfast quotesasleep quotessilence quotes
I like reading books about kids where there weren't really many adults, where they didn't need an adult to come and solve the problems for them. They could use their own ingenuity, use their own talents to solve whatever the issue was. And I like that still. I think that children want to read about heroic children. They don't want to read about children that have to be saved all the time.
The people I see from my window. In the huts, in the distance. They're all dressed the same.' 'Ah, those people,' said Father, nodding his head and smiling slightly. 'Those people...well, they're not people at all, Bruno.' Bruno frowned. 'They're not?' he asked, unsure what Father meant by that.
people quoteswindow quoteshuts quotesdistance quotesdressed quotessame quotesah quotespeople quotesfather quotesnodding quoteshead quotessmiling quotesslightly quotesthose quotespeoplewell quotesbruno quotesbruno quotesfrowned quotestheyre quotesnot quotesasked quotesunsure quotesfather quotesmeant quotes
Bruno opened his eyes in wonder at the things he saw. In his imagination he had tough that all the huts were full of happy families, some of whom sat outside on rocking chairs in the evening and told stories about how things were so much better when they were children and they'd had nowadays. He thought that all the boys and girls who lived there would be in different groups, playing tennis or football, skipping and drawing out squares for hopscotch on the ground. As it turned out, all the things he thought might be there-wern't.'' -The boy in the striped Pajamas
bruno quotesopened quoteseyes quotesthings quotesimagination quotestough quoteshuts quotesfull quoteshappy quotesfamilies quotessat quotesrocking quoteschairs quotesevening quotestold quotesstories quoteschildren quotesnowadays quotesthought quotesboys quotesgirls quoteslived quotesgroups quotesplaying quotestennis quotesfootball quotesskipping quotesdrawing quotessquares quoteshopscotch quotesground quotesturned quotestherewernt quotesboy quotesstriped quotespajamas quotes
And I have tried to forget him, I have tried to convince myself that it was just one of those things, but it's difficult to do that when my body is standing here, eight feet deep in the earth of northern France, while my heart remains by a stream in a clearing in England where I left it weeks ago.