All the Wild Wonders. Poems of our Earth: never forget to celebrate the wonders of our planet

All the Wild Wonders. Poems of our Earth. Edited by Wendy Cooling. Illustrated by Piet Grobler Published 2010 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, 48p   Call me naïve but I still believe that we can educate the younger generations to respect and love our planet. It is not easy but we are all in search of… Continue reading All the Wild Wonders. Poems of our Earth: never forget to celebrate the wonders of our planet

Mihail Sebastian, Jurnal 1935-1944: cronica unei lumi si drama unui evreu in timpul celui de-al II-lea Razboi Mondial

Mihail Sebastian, Jurnal 1935-1944 Editura Humanitas, 2016, 608p (prima editie: 1996) Mi-a luat cateva zile bune sa termin Jurnalul lui Sebastian si nu a fost din cauza celor 600 de pagini scrise marunt… E o lectura profunda, musteste de informatie, sunt nume multe si mari, e o cronica detaliata a vietii din Bucuresti in preajma… Continue reading Mihail Sebastian, Jurnal 1935-1944: cronica unei lumi si drama unui evreu in timpul celui de-al II-lea Razboi Mondial

Fiona French retells the classic Snow White, celebrating the 1920s Jazz Age in New York and reviving the glamorous Art Deco style

Fiona French, Snow White in New York Published 1986 by Oxford University Press, 32p   The story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has retellings galore but Fiona French’s interpretation melted my heart. It is smart, sophisticated and jazzy. And is fascinated Ema too. Set in New York in the 1920s, it tells the… Continue reading Fiona French retells the classic Snow White, celebrating the 1920s Jazz Age in New York and reviving the glamorous Art Deco style

The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers: a meditation on the importance of books for intellectual development and the need to filter the everyday information

Oliver Jeffers, The Incredible Book Eating Boy Published 2006 by Harper Collins, 32 p   Following Oliver Jeffers’s literary activity I understood one significant thing – no matter what he writes about, at a certain point he will return to writing about books, about their essential significance in our lives and about the way they… Continue reading The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers: a meditation on the importance of books for intellectual development and the need to filter the everyday information

Zena Alkayat and Nina Cosford celebrate Virginia Woolf’s legacy in a beautiful illustrated biography

Zena Alkayat, Nina Cosford, Virginia Woolf Published 2015 by Frances Lincoln, 128p Virginia Woolf marked a change of vision and sensibility in the modern literature. She had the boldness to use a new tone and a new language, revealing frustrations, hesitations and changes of mind; Woolf built her characters by exposing their psychologies. Her work,… Continue reading Zena Alkayat and Nina Cosford celebrate Virginia Woolf’s legacy in a beautiful illustrated biography

I took my six years old daughter to Nude: art from the Tate collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and it was better than I expected

I think one of the major fears of all parents is to fail raising a healthy and balanced child. Or at least, for me, it is. There are so many aspects to consider when building a personality that the magic of shaping an identity is often shadowed by the panic of a fiasco. I analyzed… Continue reading I took my six years old daughter to Nude: art from the Tate collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and it was better than I expected

Francesca Sanna symbolically recreates the journey of a family of refugees, illustrating the paradoxes, turmoils and fears of our time

Francesca Sanna, The Journey Published 2016 by Flying Eye Books   One of the most sensitive and realistic picture books published in 2016 is Francesca Sanna’s The Journey. In a time when we are scandalized and hurt by the world’s socio-political events, this little book becomes a manifesto, questioning the human behavior and appealing to… Continue reading Francesca Sanna symbolically recreates the journey of a family of refugees, illustrating the paradoxes, turmoils and fears of our time