Antony Penrose: The boy who bit Picasso

Antony Penrose, The Boy Who Bit Picasso Published 2010 by Thames & Hudson, 48p My name is Tony. When I was a little boy, living on a farm in Sussex in England, I had the most extraordinary friend. He had deep black eyes, a big wide smile, and absolutely amazing hands. His hands were absolutely… Continue reading Antony Penrose: The boy who bit Picasso

The Storm Whale in Winter: a beautiful sequel to The Storm Whale and a powerful lesson of friendship and courage; an excellent choice for a Christmas present

Benji Davies, The Storm Whale in Winter Published 2016 by Simon and Schuster, 32p     It is not summer yet and Sydney is already confronting the strength of the sun; I love to see people’s happiness and their holiday mood but I cannot associate the decorations in the stores and the trees with this… Continue reading The Storm Whale in Winter: a beautiful sequel to The Storm Whale and a powerful lesson of friendship and courage; an excellent choice for a Christmas present

Fiona Woodcock’s debut picture book Hiding Heidi is an enchanting story about using skills thoughtfully and being visible for friends

Fiona Woodcock, Hiding Heidi Published 2016 by Simon & Schuster, 32p   Fiona Woodcock is first of all a visual communicator. Her illustrations are an aesthetic triumph. She plays with colours and patterns, creating an emotional and vibrant atmosphere. I explore a variety of subject matter through self-initiated and commercial work, deriving inspiration from new… Continue reading Fiona Woodcock’s debut picture book Hiding Heidi is an enchanting story about using skills thoughtfully and being visible for friends

The Lion and the Bird: a sentimental story that explores our need for connection and praises loyalty and honest friendship

Marianne Dubuc, The Lion and the Bird. Translated by Sarah Ardizzone Printed 2015 by Book Island (first published 2013 by Enchanted Lion Books), 64p   When I read a story to my daughter she sits next to me, following the pictures, my face expressions and the inflections of my voice. She sometimes interrupts asking questions… Continue reading The Lion and the Bird: a sentimental story that explores our need for connection and praises loyalty and honest friendship

Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers celebrate imaginary companionship and highlight the importance of friendship as nourishment for our sense of being

Eoin Colfer, Imaginary Fred. Illustrations by Olliver Jeffers Published  2015 by HarperCollins, 48p   Headaches are a pain. A bee sting hurts even more. But there is one thing that’s worse than getting stung on the head by a bee on a rainy day, and that is… loneliness. Being alone is no fun. Friendship is… Continue reading Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers celebrate imaginary companionship and highlight the importance of friendship as nourishment for our sense of being

Salina Yoon’s recent book praises individuality and speaks about emotional intelligence and friendship

Salina Yoon, Be a Friend Published 2016 by Bloomsbury, 40p   There is a certain skillfulness and agility that children prove when adapting and connecting to the world but the sense of belonging and the need of building unique personalities develop in time along with effort. Salina Yoon moved from Korea to America when she… Continue reading Salina Yoon’s recent book praises individuality and speaks about emotional intelligence and friendship

On solitude, friendship and single parenting in a powerful story by Benji Davies

Benji Davies, The Storm Whale Published  2013 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published March 1st 2011), 32p The wonder of the world The beauty and the power, The shapes of things, Their colours, lights and shades, These I saw. Look ye also while life lasts We might not discover the complete vastness of the world… Continue reading On solitude, friendship and single parenting in a powerful story by Benji Davies