The concept of time for children and a road trip of a lifetime

Dan Santat, Are We There Yet? Published April 12th 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 40p   I have always been fascinated by the way children perceive time. It is a controversial concept that puzzles them; time can be so flexible and sometimes expands so much that it is definitely beyond children’s comprehension.… Continue reading The concept of time for children and a road trip of a lifetime

On post-war rebirth and tribute paid to books

Margaret Wild, The Treasure Box. Illustrated by Freya Blackwood Published by Penguin|Viking, 2013, 32 p   There are things that war cannot destroy. Humanity has always proved a huge power of rebirth after the unexpected and shattering consequences of tragedies. People use art as individual reaction to pain and loss. Margaret Wild is an Australian… Continue reading On post-war rebirth and tribute paid to books

Shaun Tan’s The Arrival pays tribute to all migrants and refugees

  Shaun Tan, The Arrival Published by Lothian Books, 2007   Once I have read The Singing Bones I knew that the saying One good book leads to another is perfectly true. The Arrival is a complex artistic book with no words that tells a universal story – the story of each immigrant. The black… Continue reading Shaun Tan’s The Arrival pays tribute to all migrants and refugees

A boy, a penguin and Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers, Lost and Found Published 2005 by Harper Collins, 32p   Oliver Jeffers is definitely one of the best young artists of our time. Thoughtful and subtle his books are widely known and loved by all readers, children or adults. Investigating the process of discovering and understanding how world functions and how life experiences… Continue reading A boy, a penguin and Oliver Jeffers

On Quentin Blake and his Angelica Sprocket

Quentin Blake, Angelica Sprocket’s Pockets Published April 1st 2010 by Jonathan Cape, 32 p   Quentin Blake’s name is generally associated with the illustrations for Roald Dahl’s books, although he is not only a famous illustrator but a writer and a cartoonist as well. Once you read a book illustrated by Quentin Blake his style… Continue reading On Quentin Blake and his Angelica Sprocket

On good life according to Hemingway

A.E. Hotchner, The Good Life According to Hemingway Published by Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, 2008, 144p   Hemingway’s influence on the 20th century literature is not debatable. His writings are his reaction to the world. If you’re going to be a writer, sooner or later you write about everything – the places… Continue reading On good life according to Hemingway

A tender story on the effects of industrialization and on nostalgia for old practices

John Danalis, Schumann the Shoeman. Illustrated by Stella Danalis First published 2009 by University of Queensland Press   Schumann the Shoeman speaks to readers of all ages. Meaningful, it analyzes the effects of industrial development on small business and also its impact on creativity. Schumann the Shoeman was a very creative cobbler adored by his… Continue reading A tender story on the effects of industrialization and on nostalgia for old practices