Esoteric, charming and funny (sometimes all at the same time), Daniel Morden’s latest story collection Strange Tales is a wonderful read for older children and adults alike. Morden’s history as a storyteller bleeds into his prose, with lively and accessible stories that are fun to read aloud and ideal for reluctant readers. Witty and insightful, the collection is also compelling enough for adult readers to find enjoyment – particularly as every story stems from folklore from around the world (as recounted in Morden’s recent Buzz interview).
What’s most enjoyable about Strange Tales is the voice that comes through as you read. The words as you read them are very much alive, springing off the page to reveal bizarre worlds full of complex emotions. While it has humorous moments, the collection clearly sees young readers as intelligent and thoughtful, and often leans into slightly darker moments – this is particularly refreshing, as books accessible to reluctant readers can often overlook the insight of their audience.
Fun, easy to read and full of wonder, I would recommend getting Strange Tales for the young person in your life. If you don’t have a young person in your life, perhaps consider getting it for yourself.
Strange Tales, Daniel Morden (Firefly)
Price: £10.99. Info: here
words HARI BERROW