A story about gender identity and the courage to be different

Christine Baldacchio, Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress. Pictures by Isabelle Malenfant Published by Groundwood Books/ House of Anansi Press, Toronto, 2014, 32p   Gender identity is so much more than biological sex. As parents we all want our children to grow up healthy and happy and we try so hard to be ourselves creative… Continue reading A story about gender identity and the courage to be different

Fear of the Dark

Lemony Snicket, The Dark. Illustrated by Jon Klassen Published by Orchard Books Australia in 2013, 32p. First published in 2013 in the United States by Little, Brown and Company   Lemony Snicket is the pen name of the American writer Daniel Handler best known for his A Series of Unfortunate Events. With The Dark he… Continue reading Fear of the Dark

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