Anthony Browne’s King Kong makes you see beauty in ugliness and feel empathy for the antihero

Anthony Browne’s King Kong. From the Story Conceived by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper Published 2005 by Picture Corgi, 96p (first published 1994 by Julia MacRae, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)   “It was Beauty that killed the Beast!” Anthony Browne has a distinct and sophisticated style; his representations of the world… Continue reading Anthony Browne’s King Kong makes you see beauty in ugliness and feel empathy for the antihero

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

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