Mem Fox on the importance of reading aloud to children

Mem Fox, Reading Magic. How your child can learn to read before school – and other read-aloud miracles. Illustrations by Judi Horacek Published 2001 by Pan Macmillan Australia, 156p   Einstein once told the story of a woman who’d asked what she could do to make her son more intelligent. “Read him fairy stories”, he… Continue reading Mem Fox on the importance of reading aloud to children

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: an intense and honest discourse on love, family and loss

Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking Published 2005 by Alfred A. Knopf, 228p   Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends. The question of self-pity. Joan Didion writes on the first page of her book, an honest and vibrant autobiography written… Continue reading The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: an intense and honest discourse on love, family and loss

Tell Me A Tattoo Story: a sensitive picture book on the importance of memories and the way tattoos can describe one’s personal history

Alison McGhee, Tell Me A Tattoo Story. Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Published 2016 by Chronicle Books, 32p   We are our memory Jorge Luis Borges used to say. Dutifully, we tend to suppress the unpleasant and painful details of our lives and fill our memory with images and projections of events that fulfill us and… Continue reading Tell Me A Tattoo Story: a sensitive picture book on the importance of memories and the way tattoos can describe one’s personal history

Fiona French retells the classic Snow White, celebrating the 1920s Jazz Age in New York and reviving the glamorous Art Deco style

Fiona French, Snow White in New York Published 1986 by Oxford University Press, 32p   The story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has retellings galore but Fiona French’s interpretation melted my heart. It is smart, sophisticated and jazzy. And is fascinated Ema too. Set in New York in the 1920s, it tells the… Continue reading Fiona French retells the classic Snow White, celebrating the 1920s Jazz Age in New York and reviving the glamorous Art Deco style

What Makes A Baby: an honest, contemporary book about reproduction and identity, a useful guide for parents to explain these notions to children

Cory Silverberg, What Makes A Baby. Illustrated by Fiona Smyth Published 2012 by Seven Stories Press, 36p     I come from a country that is still trying to find its way to a democratic existence, a society that is continuously fighting its judgmental and prohibiting past. The process is extremely slow, the barriers are… Continue reading What Makes A Baby: an honest, contemporary book about reproduction and identity, a useful guide for parents to explain these notions to children

Lane Smith illustrates how memories define and keep us alive in a touching story about aging, family and love

Lane Smith, Grandpa Green Published 2011 by Roaring Brook Press, 32p   Grandpa Green is that kind of book that uses few words but leaves deep traces in your memory and your soul. Yes, memory is often deceitful and mysterious but it definitely keeps us alive and preserves our identity. A young boy recounts the… Continue reading Lane Smith illustrates how memories define and keep us alive in a touching story about aging, family and love

Who sets the limit between real and fantastic? Is there any? Haruki Murakami plays again with imagination in his novella, The Strange Library

Haruki Murakami, The Strange Library Published 2014 by Harvill Secker (first published 2005), 88p   Ever since I was little my mother had told me, if you don’t know something, go to the library and look it up.   I still remember my excitement when I discovered Haruki Murakami and the pleasure of his texts.… Continue reading Who sets the limit between real and fantastic? Is there any? Haruki Murakami plays again with imagination in his novella, The Strange Library