It’s a bit difficult to describe Le Wolf in Brussels. Is it a library? A book store? A café? A children’s art center? A gallery? I guess the truth is that it’s all of the above, in an unique combination. Founded by Muriel Limbosch and Anne Jenssen, Le Wolf is a meeting place for book-loving children and adults alike.
The centerpiece in Le Wolf is the unique story telling jukebox, pictured below. Before you enter the small house, you select the picture book you want to enjoy on the screen outside. Then you climb inside to experience the story!
The selection of books in the jukebox is excellent and features (in several different languages):
La visite de Petite Mort by Kitty Crowther
Le petit soldat qui cherchait la guerre by Mario Ramos
Dans la poussette de Lisette by Catharina Valckx (nominated to the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award)
Lundi by Anne Herbauts
La nuit du visiteur by Benoit Jacques
The Award Office selected La visite de Petite Mort by Kitty Crowther (surprise!), climbed inside and enjoyed the book, read by the author herself.
The storytelling jukebox is an excellent way to enjoy picture books together with a group of friends or classmates. We would love to see more jukeboxes in libraries; or why not in larger bookstores?