After the Banquet by Yukio Mishima: a portrait of a marriage through domestic and political aspirations in a post-war Japan

Yukio Mishima, After the Banquet/ Dupa banchet Published 2001 by Vintage (originally published in Japanese in 1960), 288p. In limba romana: Dupa banchet, Editura Humanitas, 2004   When first published in 1960, The New Yorker called After the Banquet the most profound thing Mishima had done until then and acknowledged the author as an international… Continue reading After the Banquet by Yukio Mishima: a portrait of a marriage through domestic and political aspirations in a post-war Japan

Poet Ted Kooser explores the tension between human and nature in a poetic story, beautifully illustrated by Jon Klassen

Ted Koose, House Held Up By Trees. Illustrated by Jon Klassen Published 2012 by Candlewick Press, 32p   Ted Kooser’s House Held Up By Trees is an impressive story that reminds us about the power of nature and the tension that erupts as consequence of human effort to tame the wild. A man and his… Continue reading Poet Ted Kooser explores the tension between human and nature in a poetic story, beautifully illustrated by Jon Klassen

Isabel Minhós Martins and Bernardo P. Carvalho illustrate the concepts of dictatorship and democracy in a picture book that encourages explaining children the importance of an active civic role

Isabel Minhós Martins, Bernardo P. Carvalho, Don’t Cross The Line! Translated by Daniel Hahn Published 2016 by Gecko Press (First published in Portuguese in 2014), 40p   It is crucial to tell children about their civic rights and to encourage them to become active citizens. A healthy democracy is built with high and active participation… Continue reading Isabel Minhós Martins and Bernardo P. Carvalho illustrate the concepts of dictatorship and democracy in a picture book that encourages explaining children the importance of an active civic role

Can I Build Another Me? by Shinsuke Yoshitake: a philosophical, amusing picture book on selfhood and the importance of individuality

Shinsuke Yoshitake, Can I Build Another Me? Published 2016 by Thames and Hudson (first published 2014), 32p   Can I Build Another Me? is one of those so well written and profound picture books that dare to explore big, philosophical concepts in such a hilarious and inventive way, that by the time you finish reading it,… Continue reading Can I Build Another Me? by Shinsuke Yoshitake: a philosophical, amusing picture book on selfhood and the importance of individuality

Welcome to Holland by Emily Perl Kingsley: a touching essay on having a child with a disability

I am so happy and grateful to have a mentally and physically healthy child but I must admit that I have frequently thought how my life would have been if she had a disability. Because there is no more painful condition than of a parent who watches the child struggling for life and acceptance. In… Continue reading Welcome to Holland by Emily Perl Kingsley: a touching essay on having a child with a disability