Richard McGuire, Here Published 2014 by Hamish Hamilton, 304 p My living-in-a-new-country experience began in Western Australia; it was captivating discovering a society that offered so much novelty and diversification but I couldn’t assimilate the quietness and calmness of the city. I love the agitation of the big places, I love to see people around… Continue reading Here by Richard McGuire: a great visual experience that defines the fluidity of time and demonstrates that when living people create history
Marin Sorescu, Unde fugim de-acasa? Ilustratii de Ágnes Keszeg Editura Arthur, 2013, 128p. Volumul a fost publicat prima data in 1967 Mi-a placut intotdeauna Marin Sorescu dramaturgul; a fost insa o surpriza, citind Unde fugim de-acasa?, sa-i descopar jocurile de limbaj si viziunea asupra copilariei intr-un volum care este pentru copii in aceeasi masura… Continue reading Marin Sorescu si chipul copilariei. Despre imaginatie, povesti, lume in format mic si mare in volumul Unde fugim de-acasa?
Sharon Olds, Stag’s Leap Published 2012 by Alfred A. Knopf, 112p Everyone dies. Sometimes a beloved dies, and sometimes love. It took her fifteen years to reflect on her divorce and then find the strength to write about it. Sharon Olds, one of the most appreciated contemporary American poets, had been married for more… Continue reading Sharon Olds tells the story of her divorce in an intimate collection of poems that explore confusion, melancholy, love, sex and freedom
Julia Donaldson, The Paper Dolls. Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb Published 2012 by Macmillan Children’s Books, 32p I will make my mea culpa and confess that once I encounter an artist that makes my senses thrill, I will look for all of his or her artwork and present it here, which some might find recurring but… Continue reading The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and beautifully illustrated by Rebecca Cobb explores fragility and loss, keeping in mind the innocence and magic of childhood
Gertrude Stein, To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays. Illustrations by Giselle Potter Published 2011 by Yale University Press, 128p Reading Gertrude Stein is a linguistic challenge. She follows the stream of consciousness and reveals her thoughts as in a conversation. She stops, she repeats and uses an impressive collection of monosyllabic words.… Continue reading An unusual alphabet book – Gertrude Stein’s To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays
Beatrice Alemagna, A Lion in Paris English edition first published 2014 by Tate Publishing (First published 2006), 32p Sometimes I wonder what will happen when Ema grows up and she won’t need me to read her stories or even recommend something… I guess we won’t have so many picture books around but I will… Continue reading A Lion in Paris: a beautiful picture book that introduces City of Light to little readers and explores the process of finding our identity
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince/ Micul Print Published 1998 by Penguin Books (First published 1943 by Reynal & Hitchcock), 82 p Children easily find interests in whimsical pictures, texts that dare to awake their imagination or stories about bravery and kindness. I have no hesitation when saying that a boa constrictor swallowing an… Continue reading Why everyone should read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, a parable about love, human nature and war