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

Square by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen: a witty, philosophical debate on the life of the artist and the purpose of art

Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen, Square Published 2018 by Walker Books, 44p Square is the second book in the Shape Trilogy created by the amazing duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, two artists whose work is defined by brilliant humour, profound, contemporary subjects and originality. In few words (though generous subtlety) and minimalist pictures we are… Continue reading Square by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen: a witty, philosophical debate on the life of the artist and the purpose of art

Photographer Tim Flach documents the world’s most threatened species in a book meant to make humans rethink their relationship with the natural world

Tim Flach, Endangered. Text by Professor Jonathan Baillie, Sam Welles First published in Australia in 2017 by Thames&Hudson, 336p   Endangered is one of the most beautiful yet saddest books I have ever read. It shows the complexity and the greatness of the natural world while highlighting the real dangers some of the living creatures… Continue reading Photographer Tim Flach documents the world’s most threatened species in a book meant to make humans rethink their relationship with the natural world

Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love: a warm story about the importance of family support in children’s lives

Jessica Love, Julian Is A Mermaid Published 2018 by Walker Books, 32p   We all experience moments of confusion and anxiety but as a parent and as an employee in a school I think one of the essential duties is to control emotions and find the inner balance so as to be able to build… Continue reading Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love: a warm story about the importance of family support in children’s lives