Anthony Browne’s King Kong makes you see beauty in ugliness and feel empathy for the antihero

Anthony Browne’s King Kong. From the Story Conceived by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper Published 2005 by Picture Corgi, 96p (first published 1994 by Julia MacRae, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)   “It was Beauty that killed the Beast!” Anthony Browne has a distinct and sophisticated style; his representations of the world… Continue reading Anthony Browne’s King Kong makes you see beauty in ugliness and feel empathy for the antihero

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang: a tender story about dreams, parental love and the journeys we make in life to achieve happiness

Sun-mi Hwang, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly. Translated by Chi-Young Kim. Illustrations by Nomoco Published 2014 by Oneworld Publications, 144p (first published 2000). In limba romana: Gainusa care voia sa zboare, EdituraArthur, 2016   It’s funny how usually we disconsider hens, blaming them for being too dull and too simplistic in their existence.… Continue reading The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang: a tender story about dreams, parental love and the journeys we make in life to achieve happiness

Louis I, King of the Sheep by Olivier Tallec: a smart, meditative story on how power changes identities and priorities and on how a good leader should not be

Olivier Tallec, Louis I, King of the Sheep Published 2015 by Enchanted Lion Books, 34p It was a nice coincidence how in the last couple of weeks, still very anchored in the Romanian political reality, still reading the news every day and revolting myself in front of my laptop, it happened to come across and… Continue reading Louis I, King of the Sheep by Olivier Tallec: a smart, meditative story on how power changes identities and priorities and on how a good leader should not be

Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith: a hilarious story that reminds each Mortimer in us to enjoy the small things

Jory John, Penguin Problems. Illustrated by Lane Smith Published 2016 by Walker Books, 32p   Mortimer is a young penguin living in Antarctica, the source of his biggest problems. “It’s too early”, “My beak is cold”, “The sun is too bright here”, “It snows too much”, “I’m hungry”, “I don’t like being hunted”, “I wish… Continue reading Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith: a hilarious story that reminds each Mortimer in us to enjoy the small things

Timothy Basil Ering’s The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling: an ode to music and faith

Timothy Basil Ering, The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling Published 2007 by Walker Books, 48p   The power of music is not questionable. All the fundamental things in humans’s life have been expressed through music. When words or silence are of no help, music creates connections and elevates souls. Timothy Basil Ering’s The Unexpected… Continue reading Timothy Basil Ering’s The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling: an ode to music and faith

Caldecott Medalist Mordicai Gerstein applauds the magic of the night, sending an invitation to celebrate darkness and its particularities

Mordicai Gerstein, The Night World Published 2015 by Little, Brown and Company   One night when I was four, I awoke in the dark. I called to my father: “Daddy, I have to pee!” He carried me to the bathroom, but on the way back to bed, we went through the kitchen. Out the window,… Continue reading Caldecott Medalist Mordicai Gerstein applauds the magic of the night, sending an invitation to celebrate darkness and its particularities

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