Timothy Basil Ering’s The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling: an ode to music and faith

Timothy Basil Ering, The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling Published 2007 by Walker Books, 48p   The power of music is not questionable. All the fundamental things in humans’s life have been expressed through music. When words or silence are of no help, music creates connections and elevates souls. Timothy Basil Ering’s The Unexpected… Continue reading Timothy Basil Ering’s The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling: an ode to music and faith

Matthew’s Enigma by Matei Calinescu: a father’s honest and affectionate portrait of his son that had autism and unexpectedly died at age 25

Matei Calinescu, Matthew’s Enigma. A Father’s Portrait of His Autistic Son Published 2009 by Indiana University Press. Translated by Angela Jianu, 212 p In limba romana: Portretul lui M, Editura Humanitas, 2016, 256p   Matei Calinescu (1934 – 2009, Romanian professor of comparative literature, writer and literary critic) left communist Romania and moved to United… Continue reading Matthew’s Enigma by Matei Calinescu: a father’s honest and affectionate portrait of his son that had autism and unexpectedly died at age 25

The Liszts: a humorous, gothic-flavored picture book which celebrates spontaneity and reminds us that the unfamiliar is part of our lives

Kyo Maclear, Júlia Sardà, The Liszts Published 2016 by Andersen Press, 40p (First published 2016 in Canada by Tundra Books)   The Liszts is not for those who expect a little biography on Franz Liszt but for those who obsessively make lists. Preoccupied to record and file all the things we consider important we sometimes… Continue reading The Liszts: a humorous, gothic-flavored picture book which celebrates spontaneity and reminds us that the unfamiliar is part of our lives

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