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

Toys are real

Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit. Illustrations by William Nicholson/ Iepurasul de catifea Published April 1st 1987 by Avon (first published 1922)   A child’s attachment to a toy reflects the natural process of developing emotional relationships. It creates dependency but it is not something parents should be worried about, it is an innocent habit developed during… Continue reading Toys are real

Discover magic and a piece of Ireland

Tomi Ungerer, Fog Island Phaidon Press, 48p   This book is magic and I am not surprised it was included in Top 10 Children’s Book 2013 by New York Times Book Review. The author was born in France but he moved to Ireland in 1976 so this book is dedicated to Ireland and to all… Continue reading Discover magic and a piece of Ireland

Feel free to choose your family

  Colin Thompson, Free to a Good Home Random House Australia, 2009, 32p   The Smiths are not an ordinary family. They collect unusual things because they might need them and, unlike other children, theirs do not bring home stray animals but an old lady they have found at the shopping mall. Usually people want… Continue reading Feel free to choose your family

When literary and cinematic techniques perfectly blend

Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. A Novel in Words and Pictures Scholastic Press, New York, 536p   Do you know that feeling when you finish reading a book and you cannot enjoy its real quality because you already begin feeling melancholy? It is a 526-page book but I have read it in a… Continue reading When literary and cinematic techniques perfectly blend