Shaun Tan explores depression, imagination and hope in a wonderfully illustrated picture book: The Red Tree

Shaun Tan, The Red Tree Published in Australia and New Zealand by Hachette, 32p (first published 2001)   A couple of weeks ago a friend sent me an email saying that Riverside Theatre had a stage adaptation for The Red Tree by Shaun Tan. I couldn’t go as I had other commitments but I still… Continue reading Shaun Tan explores depression, imagination and hope in a wonderfully illustrated picture book: The Red Tree

Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

Susan Hood, Ada’s Violin. The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay. Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport Published 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 40p   I was impressed with this book and with the real story that had inspired Susan Hood to write it. I read it last night to Ema,… Continue reading Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

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

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin: a controversial novel about passion, love, shame and bisexuality

James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room Published 2007 by Penguin Books, 150p (first published 1956)   David, the main protagonist in Giovanni’s Room is one of the most irritating characters I have come across lately; it’s one of those so self-centered and so self-sufficient men that could easily make you put down the book with exasperation. But… Continue reading Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin: a controversial novel about passion, love, shame and bisexuality

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

The Tale of the Unknown Island by José Saramago: a thoughtful allegory on human existence and the significance of being a dreamer

José Saramago, The Tale of the Unknown Island. Illustrated by Peter Sis. Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa Published 1999 by Harcourt Brace & Company, 52p In 1998 José Saramago was awarded The Nobel Prize in Literature being considered a writer “who with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony continually enables us… Continue reading The Tale of the Unknown Island by José Saramago: a thoughtful allegory on human existence and the significance of being a dreamer

George Orwell’s Animal Farm, stunningly illustrated by Ralph Steadman: a great allegory on how dictatorship, propaganda and political injustice work

George Orwell, Animal Farm. A Fairy Story. Pictures by Ralph Steadman Published in 1995 by Secker & Warburg, London (first published in Great Britain in 1945), 180p/ In romana: Ferma animalelor, Editura Polirom   The result of preaching totalitarian doctrines is to weaken the instinct by means of which free peoples know what is or… Continue reading George Orwell’s Animal Farm, stunningly illustrated by Ralph Steadman: a great allegory on how dictatorship, propaganda and political injustice work