Louis I, King of the Sheep by Olivier Tallec: a smart, meditative story on how power changes identities and priorities and on how a good leader should not be

Olivier Tallec, Louis I, King of the Sheep Published 2015 by Enchanted Lion Books, 34p It was a nice coincidence how in the last couple of weeks, still very anchored in the Romanian political reality, still reading the news every day and revolting myself in front of my laptop, it happened to come across and… Continue reading Louis I, King of the Sheep by Olivier Tallec: a smart, meditative story on how power changes identities and priorities and on how a good leader should not be

The Tale of the Unknown Island by José Saramago: a thoughtful allegory on human existence and the significance of being a dreamer

José Saramago, The Tale of the Unknown Island. Illustrated by Peter Sis. Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa Published 1999 by Harcourt Brace & Company, 52p In 1998 José Saramago was awarded The Nobel Prize in Literature being considered a writer “who with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony continually enables us… Continue reading The Tale of the Unknown Island by José Saramago: a thoughtful allegory on human existence and the significance of being a dreamer

The power of gardens in children’s picture books. A list of favourite titles

I’d like to preserve my daughter’s curiosity and to encourage her interest in the way the world works for as long as I could but on the other hand I want her to understand the force of nature and to realize its magnificence. Yesterday I was reading an article in the newspaper stating that the… Continue reading The power of gardens in children’s picture books. A list of favourite titles

Tiny by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton: an interesting, creative introduction to the invisible world of microbes

Nicola Davies, Tiny. The Invisible World of Microbes. Illustrated by Emily Sutton Published 2014 by Walker Books, 40p   Nicola Davies’s book, beautifully illustrated by Emily Sutton introduces children to the fascinating world of microbes. Having no doubt that the young readers already know a lot about big animals and tiny creatures, Nicola Davies complements… Continue reading Tiny by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton: an interesting, creative introduction to the invisible world of microbes

George Orwell’s Animal Farm, stunningly illustrated by Ralph Steadman: a great allegory on how dictatorship, propaganda and political injustice work

George Orwell, Animal Farm. A Fairy Story. Pictures by Ralph Steadman Published in 1995 by Secker & Warburg, London (first published in Great Britain in 1945), 180p/ In romana: Ferma animalelor, Editura Polirom   The result of preaching totalitarian doctrines is to weaken the instinct by means of which free peoples know what is or… Continue reading George Orwell’s Animal Farm, stunningly illustrated by Ralph Steadman: a great allegory on how dictatorship, propaganda and political injustice work

Six Dots: The Story of Louis Braille, the blind boy that wanted to read

Jen Bryant, Six Dots. A Story of Louis Braille. Illustrations by Boris Kulikov Published 2016 by Alfred A. Knopf, 40p   Award-winning writer Jen Bryant considers Louis Braille one of the most inspiring personalities of all times.  She wrote a graphic novel on the French inventor in 1993 but she wanted now, with this version… Continue reading Six Dots: The Story of Louis Braille, the blind boy that wanted to read

Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life – one of the best books I have read this year

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life Published in Australia in 2008 by Scribe. First published in 1994, 237p Bird by Bird is my first Anne Lamott reading experience; and probably because I had no expectations it simply fascinated me. It is well-written, very honest, delighting by its simplicity of style… Continue reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Some Instructions on Writing and Life – one of the best books I have read this year