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The Weird But Wonderful Children Books

Updated on August 29, 2017

Weird Books for Children

I have read a lot of books when I was a child. I can still remember my favorite books that I read when I was a child. Like most of the children read, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow white, The Cat Who Went to Heaven, Doctor de Sato, and many more. Those books are the normal books that read by many children. As I have read many books, I found some books that are really weird but yet wonderful to the kids eyes and imagination.

But how can a book consider as "weird"? Is it just because it contains something out of the ordinary. If that were the case, those fantasy and science fiction books would be consider weird. For me, for a children's book to be weird, there are some criteria have to be fulfill. The worlds in the story, things in the story, characters that play a role in the story or situations described in the book must also able to incite the feelings of uncomfortableness or uneasiness.

There are few books that I categorized them as the "weird children books" are like The Glassblower's Children by Maria Gripe and The Gardens Of Dorr by Paul Biegel.

The Glassblower's Children
The Glassblower's Children

The Glassblower's Children (Glasblåsarns Barn)

written by Maria Gripe

The story is all about the two little children of a glassblower, Klaus and Klara are kidnapped by the Lord of All Wishes Town as a gift for his beautiful but yet desperately unhappy wife. That is all because of the Lord of All Wished Town is only interested to hear her say thank you to him again as she no longer has the power to wish, where she had been given everything she desired.

Klaus and Klara are now being thrust into an eerie and glittering mansion from their parent's world of love and poverty. They now became prisoners of loneliness in the mansion which surrounded by the River of Forgotten Memories. Here, they have no toys and no one to play with, only the reflections in the mirrors lining the hallways as their playmates.

Just at the moment as the children's very existence is at stake, a mint-eyed enchantress named Flutter Mildweather, aided by her raven, Wise Wit, came to rescue them from the treacherous mansion.

As I was reading the book, it gives me feel that It is a cold book where its characters are full of despair, suffering loss and thwarted desires. The illustrations are crowded with shadows and exhibit a sense of nostalgic, like the unhappy memories that are best forgotten, but cohere on to the border of the mind, called up by the harsh words and gives the feel like on a gloomy days.

The Glassblower's Children is a Weird Children Book?

I think The Glassblower's Children is a weird book for young children, what do you think?

Do you think The Glassblower's Children is a weird book for children?

The Glassblower's Children (Glasblåsarns Barn) on Film

The Glassblower's Children (Glasblasarns Barn), now you can watch the full series of it on YouTube

Glasblasarns Barn 1 - Musikalteatern

Glasblasarns Barn 2 - Musikalteatern

Glasblasarns Barn 3 - Musikalteatern

Glasblasarns Barn 4 - Musikalteatern

Maria Gripe

The author of The Glassblower's Children

(25 July 1923, Vaxholm, Uppland - 5 April 2007, Rönninge),

A Swedish children books author

Maria Gripe - The children books author
Maria Gripe - The children books author

Maria Gripe

The Swedish Children Books Author

Maria Gripe, the Swedish author of "The Glassblower's Children" was born on 25 July 1923 in Vaxholm, Sweden. She had written 38 books and was translated into 30 different languages. And 13 of her novels had been translated into English. The Glassblower's Children with it original title "Glasblåsarns barn" is one of them. Annas blomma or in English "Anna's Flower" is her last piece of novel she wrote.

Among all her books, several of them have been filmed; one of it is Glasblåsarns barn (The Glassblower's Children) that I mentioned above.

In 1990s, two books were filmed and they are Agnes Cecilia: en sällsam historia ("Agnes Cecilia: a singular history") and the "Shadow" series, directed by Anders Grönros.Where Hugo and Josephine was directed by Kjell Grade in 1967, while Kay Pollak filmed Elvis! Elvis! (Elvis and his friends) in 1976. The girl on the stone bench" or Flickan vid stenbänken was also turn into a television series in 1989.

Here is the list of 13 books of hers that have translated in English

1. Hugo and Josephine (Hugo och Josefin)

2. Hugo (Hugo)

3. Josephine (Josefin)

4. In the Time of the Bells (I klockornas tid)

5. The Glassblower's Children (Glasblåsarns barn)

6. Pappa Pellerin's Daughter (Pappa Pellerins dotter)

7. The Night Daddy (Nattpappan)

8. Julia's House (Julias hus och nattpappan)

9. Elvis and his Secret (Elvis Karlsson).

10. Elvis and his Friends (Elvis! Elvis!)

11. The Land Beyond (Landet utanför)

12. he Green Coat (...ellen, dellen...)

13. Agnes Cecilia (Agnes Cecilia - en sällsam historia)

Books Written by Maria Gripe

Most of her books are wonderful and you will definitely want to own some of them.

The Gardens of Dorr (De tuinen van Dorr)

written by Paul Biegel

The Gardens of Dorr is all about a boy, Evermine, the gardener's apprentice and also the dearest friend of princess Nevermine was bewitched and turns into a flower just because the witch Sirdis cannot stand to see the blossoming love of him and a girl who have to journey far and wide in order to save him.

For a long seven summers, the little princess has searches for the lost gardens of Dorr, where consist of the seed that from a flower that can again grow into a man of her living love.

Along with the little princess is the minstrel named Jarrick, the expert on sadness, who acts as entertainer in the court of the king. He slowly and steadily, step by step, he reveals all the secret pieces of the seed and finally when the last piece of the puzzle got in place, the wicked witch shrivels up and there the dead city of Dorr is turn green and alive again and there are celebration throughout the city of Dorr. Everyone can now start to live happily ever and after, all because of Good has once more triumph over the evil. And the proof is a brave young girl, whose motto is, 'The heart goes forth when reason fails'.

Some episodes that make me shiver and still I get nervous in butterfly farms until now is where a man turns into a kind of butterfly monster when hundreds of butterflies stay upon the man, and make him mad and panic in fear, and he screaming and runs down the hillside and gone unseen forever.

This book can be considered as the great composition piece of work that Paul Biegel had ever written. In his book, he used abundant wealth of language, humour and great imagination that often bring up some strange kind of feeling on me.

The Garden of Dorr is a Weird Book?

I think The Garden of Dorr is a weird book for young children, what do you think?

Do you think The Garden of Dorr is a weird book?

Paul Biegel books on musical

Watch here for some of his famous book in musical

Paul Biegel

The writer of The Garden of Dorr

(March 25, 1925, Bussum – October 21, 2006, Laren)

The Dutch children literature writter

Paul Biegel - The Children Books writter
Paul Biegel - The Children Books writter

Paul Biegel

The Dutch children literature writter

Paul Biegel, the Dutch children's literature writer was born in Bussum in March 25, 1925. He first book, De ontevreden kabouter ("The unhappy gnome") was written when he was 14 years old. He also wrote several newspaper comics where Minter and Hinter was his most important work.

He has written more than 50 books where most of them were published by Holland. His first book , De gouden gitaar, was published in 1962 and become the important writer for children of Dutch in 1965 after he received the Gouden Griffel for Het sleutelkruid.

One of his favourite books was De tuinen van Dorr (The Garden of Dorr) as mentioned above.

He passed away on October 21, 2006 due to cancer.

Several of his books were translated in English are:

1. Het sleutelkruid (The King of the Copper Mountains)

2. Ik wou dat ik anders (The Seven-times Search)

3. De Tuinen van Dorr (The Gardens of Dorr)

4. De twaalf rovers (The Twelve Robbers)

5. De twaalf rovers (Dutch Edition)

6. De kleine kapitein (The Little Captain)

7. Het olifantenfeest (The Elephant Party)

8. De kleine kapitein in het land van Waan en Wijs (The little Captain and the Seven Towers)

9. De vloek van Woestewolf (The Curse of the Werewolf)

10. Het stenen beeld (Far Beyond and Back Again)

11. Twaalf sloeg de klok (The Clock Struck Twelve)

12. De kleine kapitein en de schat van Schrik en Vreze (The little Captain and the Pirate Treasure)

13. Het spiegelkasteel (The Looking-glass Castle)

14. De dwergjes van Tuil (The Dwarfs of Nosegay)

15. De rover Hoepsika (Robber Hopsika)

16. De brieven van de general (Letters from the general)

17. Virgilius van Tuil (The fattest Dwarf of Nosegay)

18. Virgilius van Tuil op zoek naar een taart (Virgil Nosegay and the Cake Hunt)

19. De toverhoed (The Tin Can Beast and other stories)

20. Virgilius van Tuil en de rijke oom uit Zweden (Virgil Nosegay and the Hupmobile)

21. Jiri (Crocodile Man)

22. Virgilius van Tuil overwintert bij de mensen (Virgil Nosegay and the Wellington Boots)

Others books by Paul Biegel - Get a copy from Amazon

Not the original books

The weird children books

The books I have are not the original books but they were both translated beautifully in English. I wonder they must be amazingly wonderful to be in their original Swedish and Dutch. Although they are not the original books, but the English used in both is rich, evocative, and haunting, with the syntax of old fairytales, each has a distinct flavour - The Glassblower's Children is the more poetic and atmospheric, and The Gardens Of Dorr is sly, bawdy and violent.

Since they are weird and wonderful books, I would definitely introduce and share them with my children and I bet they will like it as I did.

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    • Rhonda Lytle profile image

      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I find it very sad that on the "approved" list of texts the district I worked for included not one of these. While I was unfamiliar with them, I thank you for the exposure. :) Now I have some new titles to get and go through.

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      6 years ago

      These are definitely not your average sweetie-pie honey-and-milk stories for kids, but they undoubtedly are opportunites for teaching lessons to children.

    • Stacy Birch profile image

      Stacy Birch 

      6 years ago

      I love strange books, so I'll have to give these a try.

    • tfsherman lm profile image

      tfsherman lm 

      6 years ago

      I'm a children's librarian and I've never heard of these weird books! I'll have to keep my eyes open -- I always like something different.

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      Cecil Kenmill 

      6 years ago from Osaka, Japan

      I think I've outgrown children's books but I'd like to take a look at some of these. Thanks for the info!

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      6 years ago

      Both books are very nice. Nice recommendation.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thanks for the book suggestions! :)

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      6 years ago

      Very nice lens! I enjoy your writing

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      6 years ago

      Certainly sounds interesting - thanks for sharing!

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      sidther lm 

      6 years ago

      I hadn't seen these books before but they do look interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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      iwantcake lm 

      6 years ago

      I love books like this because they spur imagination in kids and help them understand more complex emotions. Nice list.

    • JJNW profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      These are all new to me. Thanks for introducing them. I think Roald Dahl writes some wonderful and weird books too. : )

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      Natalie W Schorr 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting work!

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      6 years ago

      I have never seen any of them before, very interesting.

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      Char Milbrett 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      interesting lens.

    • cdevries profile image


      6 years ago

      i hadn't heard of either book so thank you!

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      6 years ago

      a good collection of children books.

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      6 years ago

      Interesting children books.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Refreshing to read of some alternative books for children. Hey, the world is not all fairy tales out there. Good page!

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      6 years ago

      Agree. interesting lens

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      June Campbell 

      6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      This is a unique topic for a lens. Well done.


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