Episode 5: The King and the Sea

Poems, stories, fables … hard to pin down exactly what kind of book The King and the Sea is and, luckily, no need to try. Just enjoying is better. Written by Wolf Erlbruch and illustrated by Heinz Janisch, it’s beautifully read here by Sarah Peirse and Tom Hobbs, musical pictures by Peter Dasent. Big thank you to Gecko Press for allowing this transformation from page to audio.


  • The King and the Sea, by Wolf Erlbruch, illustrated by Heinz Janisch. Read by Sarah Peirse and Tom Hobbs, with music by Peter Dasent.
  • ‘Beautiful Beautiful’, Justine Clarke, from Great Big World.
Available at all good bookshops.


Definitely check out Gecko Press, New Zealand-based publishers of , as they put it, ‘curiously good books for children’. They offer many wonderful titles, both picture and chapter books, a lot of them published first in Europe and with a very different sensibility to what we’re used to in Australia. This beautiful book, also by Wolf Erlburch, is just one of them:

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