Christopher Myers fights vulnerability and apathy with his pen, celebrating the unlimited resourcefulness of our imagination

Christopher Myers, My Pen Published 2015 by Disney. Hyperion, 32p   To the people who make things, and to the people who share them   Detailed black and white illustrations accompanied by simple, bright, descriptive sentences tell the story of a boy facing a world of people that all have something to be proud of.… Continue reading Christopher Myers fights vulnerability and apathy with his pen, celebrating the unlimited resourcefulness of our imagination

Lane Smith illustrates how memories define and keep us alive in a touching story about aging, family and love

Lane Smith, Grandpa Green Published 2011 by Roaring Brook Press, 32p   Grandpa Green is that kind of book that uses few words but leaves deep traces in your memory and your soul. Yes, memory is often deceitful and mysterious but it definitely keeps us alive and preserves our identity. A young boy recounts the… Continue reading Lane Smith illustrates how memories define and keep us alive in a touching story about aging, family and love

Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski: an artistic and practical collection of maps that ingeniously present the world, focusing on the symbols of each country

Aleksandra Mizielinska,  Daniel Mizielinski, Maps Published 2013 by Big Picture Press, first published 2012 in Poland; 112p I have spent the last afternoons presenting the world to my daughter using Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski. Soon after Ema went to bed I used the atlas again, longing for Europe and dreaming of Asia.… Continue reading Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski: an artistic and practical collection of maps that ingeniously present the world, focusing on the symbols of each country

I Can Be Me by Miriam Laundry: a celebration of individuality and a valuable lesson on the power of words

Miriam Laundry, I Can Be Me. Pictures by Jennifer Julich Published 2016 in Canada, 32p     Pupusas (pronounced poo-Poo-sa) are a traditional Salvadoran dish made of thick, corn tortilla and a variety of fillings. The Salvadoran Civil War forced some of the population to migrate other countries, so the dish was brought to United… Continue reading I Can Be Me by Miriam Laundry: a celebration of individuality and a valuable lesson on the power of words

Sea by Mark Laita: a stunning collection of sea creature portraits that illustrate the fascinating world beneath the surface and reveal the unknown beauty of the deep

Mark Laita, Sea Published 2011 by Hachette Australia (first published 2011 in USA by Abrams), 200p I am not a good swimmer and I am afraid of water. The infinity of the ocean scares me as everything else that I cannot understand or anticipate. I admire Australia’s wilderness and its pristine landscapes but I will… Continue reading Sea by Mark Laita: a stunning collection of sea creature portraits that illustrate the fascinating world beneath the surface and reveal the unknown beauty of the deep

The Storm Whale in Winter: a beautiful sequel to The Storm Whale and a powerful lesson of friendship and courage; an excellent choice for a Christmas present

Benji Davies, The Storm Whale in Winter Published 2016 by Simon and Schuster, 32p     It is not summer yet and Sydney is already confronting the strength of the sun; I love to see people’s happiness and their holiday mood but I cannot associate the decorations in the stores and the trees with this… Continue reading The Storm Whale in Winter: a beautiful sequel to The Storm Whale and a powerful lesson of friendship and courage; an excellent choice for a Christmas present

Where the Sidewalk Ends we find Shel Silverstein and his eccentric universe

Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends. The poems and drawings of Shel Silverstein Published 1974 by Harper & Row, 176p/ In limba romana: Acolo unde nu mai e trotuar, Editura Arthur, 2015 If you are a dreamer, come in, / If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,/ A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…/ If… Continue reading Where the Sidewalk Ends we find Shel Silverstein and his eccentric universe