Our author of the week is Ben Miller!
This week you can listen to the audiobook of The Boy Who Made the World Disappear by Ben Miller and illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Tarrazzini for FREE! There's also a video where you can hear more from the author, a Q&A all about reading and the chance to find out Ben's top three children's books.
If you enjoy reading this book, your local library service has loads more ebooks to borrow for FREE. Ask your parents to help you join.
Watch the video
Ben Miller's recommended reads
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
This is one of the best portal stories, about a young girl called Alice who falls down a rabbit hole and ends up in a feverish topsy-turvy world full of extraordinary characters.
Grimms’ Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm
There’s a beautiful version with spooky illustrations by Arthur Rackham that was one of my favourite books when I was growing up.
The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
Three children move to the countryside and discover a giant tree. When they climb it, they find a ladder in its upper branches that leads to a series of magical lands.
Q&A with Ben Miller
If you could be a storybook character, who would you be?
Alice! I’ve always wanted to join the Mad Hatter’s tea party, though I think I would be quite scared of the Queen of Hearts and I’m not sure how good I would be at playing croquet with a flamingo for a mallet.
What is the best thing about reading?
There are many wonderful things about reading — like learning new words, and finding out about the world — but the most exciting of all is the way it fuels your imagination.
What is your all-time favourite book?
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. I can’t think of a funnier, wiser book, and I love E.H. Shepard’s illustrations. Plus Christopher Robin is based on a real boy and Pooh, Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore on his real-life toys.
What can you do to get better at reading?
Find a book you love! When reading is a pleasure you’ll get better without realising it.