The power of gardens in children’s picture books. A list of favourite titles

I’d like to preserve my daughter’s curiosity and to encourage her interest in the way the world works for as long as I could but on the other hand I want her to understand the force of nature and to realize its magnificence. Yesterday I was reading an article in the newspaper stating that the… Continue reading The power of gardens in children’s picture books. A list of favourite titles

Christopher Myers fights vulnerability and apathy with his pen, celebrating the unlimited resourcefulness of our imagination

Christopher Myers, My Pen Published 2015 by Disney. Hyperion, 32p   To the people who make things, and to the people who share them   Detailed black and white illustrations accompanied by simple, bright, descriptive sentences tell the story of a boy facing a world of people that all have something to be proud of.… Continue reading Christopher Myers fights vulnerability and apathy with his pen, celebrating the unlimited resourcefulness of our imagination

How to celebrate words unless transforming them into stories? Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman select 13 words for an extravagant journey and a chic definition of life style

Lemony Snicket, 13 Words. Illustrated by Maira Kalman Published 2010 by HarperCollins, 40p   Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman elegantly demonstrate that we live in a world of words that connect themselves unexpectedly, creating unpredicted possibilities. There are connections between birds and hats, between goats and convertibles and even between a baby and a haberdashery.… Continue reading How to celebrate words unless transforming them into stories? Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman select 13 words for an extravagant journey and a chic definition of life style

Chip Kidd demonstrates that first impressions count, that we do judge a book by its covers and that we need both clarity and mystery in our lives

Chip Kidd, Judge This Published 2015 by Simon & Schuster, 134p   Chip Kidd is a master of book design. His portfolio includes book covers for Haruki Murakami, Oliver Sacks, John Updike, Orhan Pamuk, Elie Wiesel and Boy George to name only a few and also the well-known cover for Jurassic Park. As all stories… Continue reading Chip Kidd demonstrates that first impressions count, that we do judge a book by its covers and that we need both clarity and mystery in our lives

Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau: a charming story on passion, loneliness of the artist and hope for the revival of generosity

Andrea Beaty, Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau. Pictures by David Roberts Published 2014 by Abrams Books for Young Readers, 32p   What is a fashion icon if not an eccentric artist? The unconventional British fashion editor Isabella Blow tragically died in 2007 but she is still invoked as one of the most imaginative persons when talking… Continue reading Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau: a charming story on passion, loneliness of the artist and hope for the revival of generosity

When poverty becomes an impulse for creativity – The Hundred Dresses, a powerful story on obstacles, kindness and acceptance

Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses. Illustrated by Louis Slobodkin Published 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1944), 80p   Although it was first published in 1944, The Hundred Dresses still speaks of many childhood dilemmas, complex and substantial issues that concern children today. Dealing with migration aspects, behaviour matters, racial discrimination and… Continue reading When poverty becomes an impulse for creativity – The Hundred Dresses, a powerful story on obstacles, kindness and acceptance

When crayons express their personalities – The Day the Crayons Quit, an ingenious story on the importance of all colours in our lives

Drew Daywalt, The Day the Crayons Quit. Pictures by Oliver Jeffers Published 2013 by HarperCollins Childrens’ Books If there is humour completed by creativity, subtle irony and intelligence in a picture book I declare myself completely satisfied. I would have bought The Day the Crayons Quit even if I hadn’t had any children. The main… Continue reading When crayons express their personalities – The Day the Crayons Quit, an ingenious story on the importance of all colours in our lives