About a little sister who wants attention more than anything

Abby Hanlon, Dory Fantasmagory Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group, 2014, 160p   There are so many picture and chapter books for children that it is a real challenge to find the suitable ones, those who have beautiful illustrations, the wit of the words and the abundance of moral… Continue reading About a little sister who wants attention more than anything

Shaun Tan’s unusual sculptural reproductions of the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales

Shaun Tan, The Singing Bones. Foreword by Philip Pullman Published by Allen&Unwin, 2015, 192p Fairy tales are eternal. A consistent proof is the translation of the Grimm’s tales into one hundred and sixty languages and dialects, as Jack Zipes says in his introduction for The Singing Bones. Featuring folkloric fantasy, fairy tales bring marvels into… Continue reading Shaun Tan’s unusual sculptural reproductions of the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales

When a child loses a parent

Rebecca Cobb, Missing mummy First published 2011 by Macmillan Children’s Books   Death is one of the inevitable things in our lives.  Its mystery has preoccupied humanity since the very beginning. In literature the theme of death was approached in different perspectives all trying to comfort the soul and the mind and explain loss and… Continue reading When a child loses a parent

Sometimes modern parents forget about their children….

Antonie Schneider, Leo’s Dream. Illustrated by Helga Bansch. Translated by Alyson Cole Published 2006 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 26p   This is a beautiful moral tale for parents and a creative imagination exercise for children. Leo’s mom and dad are always extremely busy so the little boy spends his time with his sister Alma who… Continue reading Sometimes modern parents forget about their children….

Essays on the feminist movement and a few words about true values

Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me. Images by Ana Teresa Fernandez Granta Publications, London, 2014. First published in the United States by Haymarket Books, 2014, 130p   This book made me feel a little uncomfortable and I don’t know if it was because of all the truths it has revealed or because all the… Continue reading Essays on the feminist movement and a few words about true values

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