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

Hayoung Yim advises girls not to be sorry for who they are, encouraging them to embrace confidence and trust their choices

Hayoung Yim, The Girl Who Said Sorry. Illustrated by Marta Maszkiewicz  Published 2017 by Rhyming Reason Books, 34p I grew up in a country where as a child I was told to stay quiet because I knew nothing and do as grown-ups dictated me, no matter I liked it or not. I am thirty seven… Continue reading Hayoung Yim advises girls not to be sorry for who they are, encouraging them to embrace confidence and trust their choices

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 power of gardens in children’s picture books. A list of favourite titles

I’d like to preserve my daughter’s curiosity and to encourage her interest in the way the world works for as long as I could but on the other hand I want her to understand the force of nature and to realize its magnificence. Yesterday I was reading an article in the newspaper stating that the… Continue reading The power of gardens in children’s picture books. A list of favourite titles

Tiny by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton: an interesting, creative introduction to the invisible world of microbes

Nicola Davies, Tiny. The Invisible World of Microbes. Illustrated by Emily Sutton Published 2014 by Walker Books, 40p   Nicola Davies’s book, beautifully illustrated by Emily Sutton introduces children to the fascinating world of microbes. Having no doubt that the young readers already know a lot about big animals and tiny creatures, Nicola Davies complements… Continue reading Tiny by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton: an interesting, creative introduction to the invisible world of microbes

Elin Kelsey’s You Are Stardust encourages our return to nature, exploring the amazing connections we have with our planet

Elin Kelsey, You Are Stardust. Artwork by Soyeon Kim Published 2012 by Owlkids Books, 32p   You Are Stardust is a beautiful picture book that blends poetry and science to explore the amazing connections we have with the planet that we inhabit. How else to better teach children about the world than by showing them… Continue reading Elin Kelsey’s You Are Stardust encourages our return to nature, exploring the amazing connections we have with our planet

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