Father Brown Reader is a new book
that contains four adaptations of the Father Brown stories by G.K.
Chesterton. Nancy Carpentier Brown has done the adaptations
along with illustrations from Ted Schluenderfritz. The book
is primarily designed for ages 9-12 and I think are quite perfect for
this age group.
As an avid Chesterton fan myself and one who has read the various
Father Brown mysteries a couple of times I believe the four selections
of “The Blue Cross,” “The Strange Feet,” “The Flying Stars,” and “The
Absence of Mr. Glass.” to be a very good representation to introduce
children to the writing of Chesterton. I surely wish I had
been and sadly never read anything from Chesterton until my forties and
then read everything I could get my hands on. Please don’t
let this omission happen to your children.
The adaptations themselves work quite well for the target audience and
highlight both the whimsy of Chesterton, but also the deeper truths
contained in the stories. The illustrations go along
perfectly with the stories and I think Chesterton himself would have
approved of them. I wouldn’t have thought the stories
collected to be that adaptable for younger readers, but after reading
the adaptations I can now see how much of Chesterton and aspects of his
stories can carry over very well to this audience and really how much
of his fiction has a child-like quality to them.
I had fun re-reading the adaptations even if I was already thoroughly
acquainted with the stories and the illustrations went along perfectly.