When poverty becomes an impulse for creativity – The Hundred Dresses, a powerful story on obstacles, kindness and acceptance

Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses. Illustrated by Louis Slobodkin Published 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1944), 80p   Although it was first published in 1944, The Hundred Dresses still speaks of many childhood dilemmas, complex and substantial issues that concern children today. Dealing with migration aspects, behaviour matters, racial discrimination and… Continue reading When poverty becomes an impulse for creativity – The Hundred Dresses, a powerful story on obstacles, kindness and acceptance

H is for Hawk, a complex, remarkable memoir on grief, wilderness and nature

Helen Macdonald, H is for Hawk Published 2014 by Jonathan Cape , 300p H is for Hawk is breathtaking. So lyrical and honest, so unexpected and so intense. I didn’t know much on falconry or on hawks before reading the book and I must admit that I had my suspicions regarding its content but it… Continue reading H is for Hawk, a complex, remarkable memoir on grief, wilderness and nature

When crayons express their personalities – The Day the Crayons Quit, an ingenious story on the importance of all colours in our lives

Drew Daywalt, The Day the Crayons Quit. Pictures by Oliver Jeffers Published 2013 by HarperCollins Childrens’ Books If there is humour completed by creativity, subtle irony and intelligence in a picture book I declare myself completely satisfied. I would have bought The Day the Crayons Quit even if I hadn’t had any children. The main… Continue reading When crayons express their personalities – The Day the Crayons Quit, an ingenious story on the importance of all colours in our lives

I am happy to have discovered Isabel Minhós Martins’ books

Isabel Minhós Martins, Bernardo Carvalho, Coming and Going Published 2014 by Tate Publishing, 48p   The first book I have read by Isabel Minhós Martins, The World in a Second, is practically  a collection of illustrations that capture human events happening at the same time, in a second, around the world.  Very thoughtful, the book… Continue reading I am happy to have discovered Isabel Minhós Martins’ books

Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers celebrate imaginary companionship and highlight the importance of friendship as nourishment for our sense of being

Eoin Colfer, Imaginary Fred. Illustrations by Olliver Jeffers Published  2015 by HarperCollins, 48p   Headaches are a pain. A bee sting hurts even more. But there is one thing that’s worse than getting stung on the head by a bee on a rainy day, and that is… loneliness. Being alone is no fun. Friendship is… Continue reading Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers celebrate imaginary companionship and highlight the importance of friendship as nourishment for our sense of being

Grandad’s Island – a moving allegory on the death of a grandparent

Benji Davies, Grandad’s Island Published 2015 by Simon & Schuster UK, 32p   Benji Davies surely knows how to illustrate the connection between father and son or the special bonding between grandfather and grandchild. I appreciated the subtlety and the intelligence in this beautiful story. It deals with death although it is never mentioned and… Continue reading Grandad’s Island – a moving allegory on the death of a grandparent

Womanhood cannot be reduced to physical beauty. Annie Leibovitz and Susan Sontag highlight intelligence and confidence in a book that redefines the norms of beauty

Annie Leibovitz, Susan Sontag, Women Published 2000 by Random House   Women is the result of an intelligent collaboration between two exceptional women, a collection of more than 100 individual portraits which put together demonstrate that when taking initiative women can fight stereotypes  and redefine their place in society. Annie Leibovitz is known for her… Continue reading Womanhood cannot be reduced to physical beauty. Annie Leibovitz and Susan Sontag highlight intelligence and confidence in a book that redefines the norms of beauty