The Moth: the art of storytelling

The Moth. Edited by Catherine Burns. Preface by Neil Gaiman. Afterword by George Dawes Green, founder The Moth Published 2014 by Serpent’s Tail, 400p   The Moth is an American phenomenon dedicated to storytelling. People who want to share their experiences go on stage and freely speak to the audience. No notes allowed, no mechanical… Continue reading The Moth: the art of storytelling

Du Iz Tak?: an example of how literature can generate new linguistic and imaginary possibilities, a beautiful story about the complexity and regenerative potential of life

Carson Ellis, Du Iz Tak? Published 2016 by Candlewick Press   Carson Ellis, the creator of Home, a very talented artist with extremely creative capacity and intelligence, explores in her second book, Du Iz Tak?, the principles of existence of the micro universes, smaller copies of the human world, following the cycle of life and… Continue reading Du Iz Tak?: an example of how literature can generate new linguistic and imaginary possibilities, a beautiful story about the complexity and regenerative potential of life

The Blue Whale: a meditative nonfiction picture book that celebrates “the largest living creature on our planet”

Jenni Desmond, The Blue Whale Published 2015 by Enchanted Lion Books, 48p   The Blue Whale is an amazing book and what makes it special is the captivating blending of scientific facts with a sensitive and warm presentation, leading to an immediate interest of readers in the life of blue whales, “magnificent and intelligent creatures” how… Continue reading The Blue Whale: a meditative nonfiction picture book that celebrates “the largest living creature on our planet”

What Makes A Baby: an honest, contemporary book about reproduction and identity, a useful guide for parents to explain these notions to children

Cory Silverberg, What Makes A Baby. Illustrated by Fiona Smyth Published 2012 by Seven Stories Press, 36p     I come from a country that is still trying to find its way to a democratic existence, a society that is continuously fighting its judgmental and prohibiting past. The process is extremely slow, the barriers are… Continue reading What Makes A Baby: an honest, contemporary book about reproduction and identity, a useful guide for parents to explain these notions to children

Jazz by Henri Matisse: the painter’s final tribute to colours, a collection of cut-outs that captures Matisse’s sensibility and his fascination with both form and meaning

Henri Matisse, Jazz Published 1992 by George Braziller, 96p. Text translated by Sophie Hawkes   Jazz is rhythm and meaning. Henri Matisse Icarus found his death disobeying his father’s warning and going too close to the sun. The light and the beauty of the star absorbed him and Icarus tried the impossible, aiming to reach… Continue reading Jazz by Henri Matisse: the painter’s final tribute to colours, a collection of cut-outs that captures Matisse’s sensibility and his fascination with both form and meaning

Priscilla and the Sandman: a story about the importance of reading to children before bedtime and the way storytelling nurtures imagination

Anders Roseberg, Priscilla and the Sandman. Illustrated by Danilo Parajes, Anders Roseberg Published 2016, 32p   As most parents who change priorities the moment they have a child in their lives, Anders Roseberg was fascinated with his daughter, Priscilla. He invented songs, games and eventually this book.  Everything came naturally, after attentive observation of Priscilla’s… Continue reading Priscilla and the Sandman: a story about the importance of reading to children before bedtime and the way storytelling nurtures imagination

The Guest Cat By Takashi Hiraide: a meditation on the unexpected turns of life, a poetic definition of nature, ephemerality and true possessions

Takashi Hiraide, The Guest Cat Published 2014 by Picador. Translated by Eric Selland, 140p   I find so much profundity, simplicity and emotion every time I read modern Japanese literature.  There is cruelty, desire, the need of  building identity, problematic sexuality but the Japanese know how to extract the lyricism and transform torments into rich,… Continue reading The Guest Cat By Takashi Hiraide: a meditation on the unexpected turns of life, a poetic definition of nature, ephemerality and true possessions