Sayaka Murata, Convenience Store Woman. Translated from the Japanese by Ginny Taply Takemori First published in Great Britain by Portobello Books in 2018, 168p In a capitalist society where people are expected to get married, have babies and find decent jobs in order to be accepted as responsible participants, Sayaka Murata’s character is a complete… Continue reading Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata: a novel about social pressure, convenience and peculiar ways of finding happiness
Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump. With an introduction by David Mitchell. Translated by K A Yoshida and David Mitchell First published in Great Britain in 2013 by Sceptre. 188p For people with autism, living itself is a battle. Naoki Higashida, a Japanese boy with autism, was 13 years old when he wrote The… Continue reading The Reason I Jump: a 13-year-old boy’s moving confession on living with autism
An Leysen, Brave Thumbelina Published 2018 by Clavis Publishing, 52 p Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tales have never lost heir charm. Once in a while the new generations of parents debate whether children need to be exposed to this type of lesson to learn morality and to appreciate real values in life, considering the… Continue reading Brave Thumbelina: An Leysen’s magical retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale
David Ezra Stein, Because Amelia Smiled Published 2012 by Candlewick Press, 40p Soon after I had started working with children with disabilities and behaviour problems I was confirmed something I strongly believed in: it is essential to teach behaviour but it is definetely more important to model it. Because what goes around, comes around!… Continue reading Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein – What goes around, comes around!
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. 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
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