The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan: a modern fairy tale on the importance of adventures and humour in our lives

B.C.R. Fegan, The Grumpface. Illustrated by D. Frongia Published 2017 by TaleBlade Press, 34p The Grumpface is a story that dares to change the classic definition of a fairy tale by bringing the characters and their adventures in modern times. As a parent I decided to expose my daughter to all kinds of stories, including… Continue reading The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan: a modern fairy tale on the importance of adventures and humour in our lives

Bob Dylan’s Forever Young illustrated by Paul Rogers

Bob Dylan, Paul Rogers, Forever Young Published 2008 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 40p Forever Young is one of Bob Dylan’s most beloved songs. Since it first appeared in 1974 on the album Planet Waves, the song became an anthem, a valuable piece of advice for the new generations to stay forever young. The song… Continue reading Bob Dylan’s Forever Young illustrated by Paul Rogers

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

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

The Japanese concept of Ma or the sound of silence

Katrina Goldsaito, The Sound of Silence. Illustrated by Julia Kuo Published 2016 by Little, Brown and Company, 40p The Japanese have a beautiful concept of silence – Ma. It defines the pause between sounds, the moments of quietness in music, conversation and storytelling. The Japanese embraced the concept even in their lifestyle, valuing minimalism and… Continue reading The Japanese concept of Ma or the sound of silence