Ugly by Robert Hoge: an inspirational memoir that discusses physical deformity, social expectations and the dichotomy of beauty and ugliness

Robert Hoge, Ugly. A beaut story about one very ugly kid Published  2015 by Hachette Australia, 188p Robert Vincent Hoge was born in 1972 in a suburb of Brisbane, Australia. He was the youngest of  five children in a working-class family. But the day he was born was not a happy day in the Hoge… Continue reading Ugly by Robert Hoge: an inspirational memoir that discusses physical deformity, social expectations and the dichotomy of beauty and ugliness

Cockatoo published by Thames & Hudson: a little book that celebrates birdlife and raises awareness of the endangered species of Australian cockatoos

Cockatoo. With Birdlife Australia Published 2017 by Thames & Hudson When I came to Australia I first landed in Perth; we rented a unit in a relatively new developed suburb and shortly I began to explore the neighbourhood, going a little further every day, my daughter, three at the time, holding my hand. Not far… Continue reading Cockatoo published by Thames & Hudson: a little book that celebrates birdlife and raises awareness of the endangered species of Australian cockatoos

The Lost Kitten by Lee and Komako Sakai: a graceful picture book about cultivating affection and loyalty in children through animal companionship

Lee, The Lost Kitten. Illustrated by Komako Sakai English edition published 2017 by Gecko Press. 32p The Lost Kitten is a beautiful book that touches the heart from the very first page. Graceful illustrations show Hina, a little girl, and her mother opening the house door and seeing a sick, skinny kitten. Behind it, the… Continue reading The Lost Kitten by Lee and Komako Sakai: a graceful picture book about cultivating affection and loyalty in children through animal companionship

Crudo by Olivia Laing: an experimental novel about identity, love and the chaotic 2017, a year when the world seemed to fall apart

Olivia Laing, Crudo Published 2018 by Picador, 143p My first encounter with Olivia Laing was through The Lonely City, a book that appealed to me so much, that I have never actually finished it; I return to it over and over again and I simply refuse to read it to the end because the thought… Continue reading Crudo by Olivia Laing: an experimental novel about identity, love and the chaotic 2017, a year when the world seemed to fall apart

Ada Lovelace: the world’s first computer programmer

Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Ada Lovelace. Illustrated by Zafouko Yamamoto Published 2018 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 32p   Ada Lovelace is another delightful biography in the Little People Big, Dreams series (I have already told you about the ones presenting the lives of Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie), a collection about inspiring personalities with… Continue reading Ada Lovelace: the world’s first computer programmer

The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse: Eric Carle’s tribute to Franz Marc

Eric Carle, The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse Published 2011 by Philomel Books, An Imprint of Penguin Group, 32p     Franz Marc was a representative figure of the German Expressionism. Because he liked to paint animals in unusual colours, sometimes unrealistic, the traditionalists often criticised his work; the Nazis considered him a degenerate… Continue reading The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse: Eric Carle’s tribute to Franz Marc

Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue and Pamela Zagarenski, a tender story about the importance of bedtime routine in a child’s life

Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue. Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski Published 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 40p   Shortly after I have started working with children with behavior problems I learned that one of the main reasons for their meltdowns was fatigue and sleep deprivation. During the day, they easily become frustrated,… Continue reading Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue and Pamela Zagarenski, a tender story about the importance of bedtime routine in a child’s life