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

Soppy by Philippa Rice proves that there is love in the small things

Philippa Rice, Soppy Published 2014 by Andrews McMeel Publishing, 108p   I am a person that appreciates the details; both in fashion and in life. I love the delicate buttons of a shirt but also the love messages Ema leaves for me on the screen of my laptop or the cup of coffee my husband… Continue reading Soppy by Philippa Rice proves that there is love in the small things

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

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

The essence of Franz Kafka by Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz

Robert Crumb & David  Zane Mairowitz, Kafka Published 2007 bt Fantagraphics Books (First published 1990), 176p American cartoonist and musician Robert Crumb together with David Zane Mairowitz managed to express the essence of Franz Kafka in a black and white illustrated biography that covers both the life and work of the Jewish writer. I still… Continue reading The essence of Franz Kafka by Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz

Why everyone should read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, a parable about love, human nature and war

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince/ Micul Print Published 1998 by Penguin Books (First published 1943 by Reynal & Hitchcock), 82 p   Children easily find interests in whimsical pictures, texts that dare to awake their imagination or stories about bravery and kindness. I have no hesitation when saying that a boa constrictor swallowing an… Continue reading Why everyone should read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, a parable about love, human nature and war

How to celebrate words unless transforming them into stories? Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman select 13 words for an extravagant journey and a chic definition of life style

Lemony Snicket, 13 Words. Illustrated by Maira Kalman Published 2010 by HarperCollins, 40p   Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman elegantly demonstrate that we live in a world of words that connect themselves unexpectedly, creating unpredicted possibilities. There are connections between birds and hats, between goats and convertibles and even between a baby and a haberdashery.… Continue reading How to celebrate words unless transforming them into stories? Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman select 13 words for an extravagant journey and a chic definition of life style