The wheels on the bus go round and round …

Curses! Now you’ll be stuck with that  tune in your head all day, in much the same way that wheels and libraries have been on my mind of late.

It all began with my soft launch into graphic novels – The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger.  Let’s face facts, when talents were being distributed, Niffenegger had definitely elbowed her way to the front of the queue.

Endowed with a fertile imagination and already a very successful writer – think The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry – she is also the gifted illustrator of her books The Three Incestuous Sisters and more recently, The Night Bookmobile . Harking back to the Hindu notion of  Akashic records that keep a tally of all our previous incarnations, The Night Bookmobile keeps a record of all our past reads. What further talents could Niffenegger possibly unveil, other than to set the whole shebang to self-composed music and place a little disc in the back of this beautiful book?

Which leads on to my second crumbling bastion of the month – books with accompanying discs, and in a serendipitous turn of events, I finally got a long-awaited book: Shanachie Tour, A Library Road Trip Across America. I just flipped through the book but actually watched the DVD. It’s about three Dutch librarians who travel across America visiting libraries. Why didn’t we think of that first! Despite a disturbingly truncated presentation, it’s inspirational stuff for library lovers. My favourite quote from the DVD is:

The Universe is made of stories, not atoms.

I can only think of two other books that relate to this theme of wheels and traveling librarians: The Camel Bookmobile  by Masha Hamilton and one other (whose name I cannot remember) about books being transported around South America on a donkey. Whatever was its title?

5 thoughts on “The wheels on the bus go round and round …

  1. Jin 10 June 2011 / 8:55 pm

    Ooh, ‘The Night Bookmobile’ sounds wonderful – I will definitely look for it at my library when I get back from our Europe travels.

    Are you perhaps thinking of ‘Three Cups of Tea’ by Greg Mortenson? The one about which there was all the controversy recently….?

    • robertafsmith 11 June 2011 / 11:18 am

      What controversy – tell me more!

  2. mj 11 June 2011 / 10:20 am

    What about “My Librarian Is A Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children around the World”?

    There’s also the documentary about the Biblioburro – where Luis Soriano delivers books by donkey to La Gloria.

  3. robertafsmith 11 June 2011 / 11:19 am

    It was a review I saw recently, they both sound right!

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