On empathy, friendship and canine companionship

Sangmi Ko, A Dog Wearing Shoes Published 2015 by Schwartz & Wade   The human – animal relation is a mutual beneficial relation and the powerful effects animals have on children’s healthy development have been scientifically proved. The affection for an animal improves verbal and non-verbal communication and children develop empathy, kindness and responsibility. Dogs… Continue reading On empathy, friendship and canine companionship

Oranges are not the only fruit/ Portocalele nu sunt singurele fructe

Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Published September 4th 2014 by Vintage (first published 1985), 224p   I was thinking about the title of this review when I realized that the essential description of the book is its own title.  Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit/ Portocalele nu sunt singurele fructe is a story… Continue reading Oranges are not the only fruit/ Portocalele nu sunt singurele fructe

Jean Jullien and his surrealistic sausage dog

Jean Jullien, Ralf. Original idea and illustrations by Jean Jullien. Text collaboration by Gwendal Le Bec Published by Frances Lincoln, 2016. First published 2014. 56p   Here it is another artist that communicates about life using illustrations. Jean Jullien is a French graphic designer living in London who believes humor, creativity and visual art are… Continue reading Jean Jullien and his surrealistic sausage dog

The concept of time for children and a road trip of a lifetime

Dan Santat, Are We There Yet? Published April 12th 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 40p   I have always been fascinated by the way children perceive time. It is a controversial concept that puzzles them; time can be so flexible and sometimes expands so much that it is definitely beyond children’s comprehension.… Continue reading The concept of time for children and a road trip of a lifetime

On post-war rebirth and tribute paid to books

Margaret Wild, The Treasure Box. Illustrated by Freya Blackwood Published by Penguin|Viking, 2013, 32 p   There are things that war cannot destroy. Humanity has always proved a huge power of rebirth after the unexpected and shattering consequences of tragedies. People use art as individual reaction to pain and loss. Margaret Wild is an Australian… Continue reading On post-war rebirth and tribute paid to books

Shaun Tan’s The Arrival pays tribute to all migrants and refugees

  Shaun Tan, The Arrival Published by Lothian Books, 2007   Once I have read The Singing Bones I knew that the saying One good book leads to another is perfectly true. The Arrival is a complex artistic book with no words that tells a universal story – the story of each immigrant. The black… Continue reading Shaun Tan’s The Arrival pays tribute to all migrants and refugees

A boy, a penguin and Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers, Lost and Found Published 2005 by Harper Collins, 32p   Oliver Jeffers is definitely one of the best young artists of our time. Thoughtful and subtle his books are widely known and loved by all readers, children or adults. Investigating the process of discovering and understanding how world functions and how life experiences… Continue reading A boy, a penguin and Oliver Jeffers