Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith: a hilarious story that reminds each Mortimer in us to enjoy the small things

Jory John, Penguin Problems. Illustrated by Lane Smith Published 2016 by Walker Books, 32p   Mortimer is a young penguin living in Antarctica, the source of his biggest problems. “It’s too early”, “My beak is cold”, “The sun is too bright here”, “It snows too much”, “I’m hungry”, “I don’t like being hunted”, “I wish… Continue reading Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith: a hilarious story that reminds each Mortimer in us to enjoy the small things

The Heart and the Bottle: an impressive story on loss, grief and denial of emotions

Oliver Jeffers, The Heart and the Bottle Published 2010 by HarperCollins, 32p   I think my fondness and admiration for Oliver Jeffers’ work is obvious now but his books continue to delight me. The Heart and the Bottle is sophisticated, bitter-sweet and heart-warming. I am not very convinced that Ema could really manage the metaphysical… Continue reading The Heart and the Bottle: an impressive story on loss, grief and denial of emotions

Young Susan Sontag reveals in her early diary the most intimate thoughts on education, writing, sexuality and marriage

Susan Sontag, Reborn. Early diaries 1947 – 1964 Published 2009 by Penguin, 320p   The first volume of Susan Sontag’s diaries, edited by David Rieff, her son, and published after the author’s death is a fascinating reading on the mind of a great intellectual, a self-portrait of a sensitive woman in continuous development. In 1947… Continue reading Young Susan Sontag reveals in her early diary the most intimate thoughts on education, writing, sexuality and marriage

Erich Fromm’s beautiful perspective on love and human nature

Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving/ Arta de a iubi Published 2006 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published 1956), 192p   Erich Fromm was both a philosopher and a psychoanalyst so his approach to love is not by creating an easy manual of how to achieve happiness through love but an analysis of the human… Continue reading Erich Fromm’s beautiful perspective on love and human nature

David Litchfield celebrates music and human connection is his first picture book, The Bear and the Piano

David Litchfield, The Bear and the Piano Published 2015 by Frances Lincoln, 40p     Music is one of the most profound arts and its effects on our soul and mind are utterly powerful. It speaks a universal language and beautiful sounds can melt all hearts. David Litchfield tells a story about such powerful music… Continue reading David Litchfield celebrates music and human connection is his first picture book, The Bear and the Piano

Armin Greder’s The City: an expressionist story on mother-son love, over protectiveness and social isolation

Armin Greder, The City Published 2010 by Allen & Unwin, 32p   Armin Greder’s The City appeals to all senses and breaks conventions. In a distant country where winter would sometimes last three years, in a big city, there lived a woman who had a beautiful son. Contrary to all expectations, considering the theme, there… Continue reading Armin Greder’s The City: an expressionist story on mother-son love, over protectiveness and social isolation

A Year Without Mom, a fantastic graphic novel on life challenges and initiation

  Dasha Tolstikova, A Year Without Mom Published 2015 by Groundwood Books, 176p   I first became familiar with Dasha Tolstikova’s style when reading The Jacket for my daughter; I have immediately appreciated her talent and the next day I bought A Year Without Mom. There is so much gift behind all illustrations, every page… Continue reading A Year Without Mom, a fantastic graphic novel on life challenges and initiation