Who is your favorite children's books author and why?
Hmm. This is a hard one in a way. Thinking back to my childhood, I enjoyed the Enid Blyton books. In terms of modern authors, I read a little YA but rarely any Middle Grade. I guess the names that first come to mind are Philip Pullman and Neil Gaiman, as I love the fantasy worlds they create.
Ursus and Homo were fast friends.
From page 56:
The Comprachicos had not, like the gypsies, an idiom of their own; their jargon was a promiscuous collection of idioms: all languages were mixed together in their language; they spoke a medley.
The Man Who Laughs
There is no official blurb, but basically, it is set in England in the late 17th century. Gwynplain, the hero, was mutilated at birth so that his face forms a constant smile. He rescues a baby whose mother has frozen to death in the snow, and meets Ursus, a wandering philosopher who takes them both in. Years pass and they put on a travelling performance. Déa, who is blind, is in love with Gwynplain, who loves her in return. But soon Gwynplain's long forgotten past catches up with him and he learns he is actually the son of a rebel lord.