Night by Elie Wiesel: a painful autobiographical writing on the life in the Nazi concentration camps, a powerful narrative on life, death and identity

Elie Wiesel, Night. Translated from the French by Marion Wiesel. In limba romana: Noaptea. Editura Corint, 2012 Published 2006 by Hill and Wang (first published 1958), 120p   I remember: it happened yesterday, or eternities ago. A young Jewish boy discovered the Kingdom of Night. I remember his bewilderment, I remember his anguish. It all… Continue reading Night by Elie Wiesel: a painful autobiographical writing on the life in the Nazi concentration camps, a powerful narrative on life, death and identity

Hayoung Yim advises girls not to be sorry for who they are, encouraging them to embrace confidence and trust their choices

Hayoung Yim, The Girl Who Said Sorry. Illustrated by Marta Maszkiewicz  Published 2017 by Rhyming Reason Books, 34p I grew up in a country where as a child I was told to stay quiet because I knew nothing and do as grown-ups dictated me, no matter I liked it or not. I am thirty seven… Continue reading Hayoung Yim advises girls not to be sorry for who they are, encouraging them to embrace confidence and trust their choices

Mortality: Christopher Hitchens’s last published book, a collection of honest writings on his confrontation with illness and death

Christopher Hitchens, Mortality Published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2012, 104p I know I will never be prepared to face death; but if I had to, I would like to do it the Hitchens’s way: dying but living. In 2010 Christopher Hitchens, writer, journalist, religious and literary critic, was in his hotel room… Continue reading Mortality: Christopher Hitchens’s last published book, a collection of honest writings on his confrontation with illness and death

Wild Animals of the South by Dieter Braun: an amazing book dedicated to the animals in the southern hemisphere of the globe

Dieter Braun, Wild Animals of the South Published 2017 by Flying Eye Books. Translation by Jen Calleja. 144p   I liked Wild Animals of the South for the scientific facts but mostly for its artwork; the pages of the book, published as a large-format, are filled with gorgeous illustrations that describe the impressive, colourful animal… Continue reading Wild Animals of the South by Dieter Braun: an amazing book dedicated to the animals in the southern hemisphere of the globe

Anthony Browne’s King Kong makes you see beauty in ugliness and feel empathy for the antihero

Anthony Browne’s King Kong. From the Story Conceived by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper Published 2005 by Picture Corgi, 96p (first published 1994 by Julia MacRae, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)   “It was Beauty that killed the Beast!” Anthony Browne has a distinct and sophisticated style; his representations of the world… Continue reading Anthony Browne’s King Kong makes you see beauty in ugliness and feel empathy for the antihero

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang: a tender story about dreams, parental love and the journeys we make in life to achieve happiness

Sun-mi Hwang, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly. Translated by Chi-Young Kim. Illustrations by Nomoco Published 2014 by Oneworld Publications, 144p (first published 2000). In limba romana: Gainusa care voia sa zboare, EdituraArthur, 2016   It’s funny how usually we disconsider hens, blaming them for being too dull and too simplistic in their existence.… Continue reading The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang: a tender story about dreams, parental love and the journeys we make in life to achieve happiness

Antony Penrose: The boy who bit Picasso

Antony Penrose, The Boy Who Bit Picasso Published 2010 by Thames & Hudson, 48p My name is Tony. When I was a little boy, living on a farm in Sussex in England, I had the most extraordinary friend. He had deep black eyes, a big wide smile, and absolutely amazing hands. His hands were absolutely… Continue reading Antony Penrose: The boy who bit Picasso