About trauma in a book that was written more than 100 years ago

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden. Illustrated by Graham Rust Printed by David R. Godine, Publisher, Inc., 224p   I still don’t know if I liked this novel or not. It is so idealistic that I tend to find it unrealistic. But, on the other hand, it is so innocent and powerful than you just… Continue reading About trauma in a book that was written more than 100 years ago

A story of a book that tells the story of all books

Kirsten Hall, The Jacket. Pictures by Dasha Tolstikova Published by Enchanted Lion Books, 2014, 32p This is a book about a book, a little book that pays tribute to all the books in the world. And it is wonderful. Book was a book that had just about everything. He was solid and strong. His words… Continue reading A story of a book that tells the story of all books

Introducing art to children

Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Frida Kahlo. Illustrated by Gee Fan Eng Printed by Frances Lincoln. Children’s Books. Little People, BIG DREAMS, 32p   I think it is never too early to introduce art in children’s life. Reading them art illustrated books, taking them to museums, libraries or art galleries is not boring nor in vain. I… Continue reading Introducing art to children

Tohby Riddle and his guardian angels

Tohby Riddle, Unforgotten Published by Allen & Unwin, 2012, 128p I consider myself so lucky every time I discover a book that makes my heart beating fast when I start turning the pages. At my last visit to the library I discovered Tohby Riddle, an Australian cartoonist and picture books author living in Sydney. On… Continue reading Tohby Riddle and his guardian angels

Exploration and big adventures

Anna Walker, Peggy Published by Scholastic Australia, 2012, 32p The Children’s Book Council of Australia, short-listed book   This is a quiet but lovely picture book. The author uses few words but the excellent illustrations strengthen the epic and the story has a deep meaning. Peggy is a nice, black hen living in a small… Continue reading Exploration and big adventures

Good and bad Munchhausen syndromes

Rudolf Erich Raspe, Baron Munchausen’s Narrative of his Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia, 1875 I have recently read one of the editions translated into Romanian, Aventurile Baronului Munchhausen, illustrated by V. Smirnov, translated by C. Dragomir, copyright Editura Litera, 2011, 64p   The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen was one of the literary thrills of… Continue reading Good and bad Munchhausen syndromes

No bullying in the forest

Briony May Smith, Imelda & the Goblin King. Illustrations by Briony May Smith Flying Eye Books, London-New York, 2015, 32p   A good illustrated book is the door that lets fantasy come in the house. The moment you open the book, magic begins and the values your child will discover will come out from a… Continue reading No bullying in the forest