Soppy by Philippa Rice proves that there is love in the small things

Philippa Rice, Soppy Published 2014 by Andrews McMeel Publishing, 108p   I am a person that appreciates the details; both in fashion and in life. I love the delicate buttons of a shirt but also the love messages Ema leaves for me on the screen of my laptop or the cup of coffee my husband… Continue reading Soppy by Philippa Rice proves that there is love in the small things

Louis I, King of the Sheep by Olivier Tallec: a smart, meditative story on how power changes identities and priorities and on how a good leader should not be

Olivier Tallec, Louis I, King of the Sheep Published 2015 by Enchanted Lion Books, 34p It was a nice coincidence how in the last couple of weeks, still very anchored in the Romanian political reality, still reading the news every day and revolting myself in front of my laptop, it happened to come across and… Continue reading Louis I, King of the Sheep by Olivier Tallec: a smart, meditative story on how power changes identities and priorities and on how a good leader should not be

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

About the monsterness of teachers in a sweet story that demonstrates how getting to know a person can change presumptions

Peter Brown, My Teacher Is a Monster! No, I Am Not. Published 2014 by Little, Brown and Company, 36p It is fascinating to analyze how children see the grown-ups, the way they perceive the behavior and reactions of family, educators or strangers. This morning, on our way to school, Ema asked me if the new… Continue reading About the monsterness of teachers in a sweet story that demonstrates how getting to know a person can change presumptions

Where the Sidewalk Ends we find Shel Silverstein and his eccentric universe

Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends. The poems and drawings of Shel Silverstein Published 1974 by Harper & Row, 176p/ In limba romana: Acolo unde nu mai e trotuar, Editura Arthur, 2015 If you are a dreamer, come in, / If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,/ A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…/ If… Continue reading Where the Sidewalk Ends we find Shel Silverstein and his eccentric universe

Katja Gehrmann’s Goose the Bear speaks about identity and the emotional lives of animals, offering a stimulation to reconsider our perspective when regarding parenting/ adoption

Katja Gehrmann, Goose the Bear Published 2014 by Sky Pony Press, 40 p. Translated by Connie Stradling Morby   I am not sure if there is a real growth in parenting studies or it is just me discovering them now as I am directly interested in the subject but it is intriguing to see the… Continue reading Katja Gehrmann’s Goose the Bear speaks about identity and the emotional lives of animals, offering a stimulation to reconsider our perspective when regarding parenting/ adoption

Sarah Andersen dares to ask uncomfortable questions about adulthood in a humorous, ironical collection of comic strips

Sarah Andersen, Adulthood Is a Myth. A “Sarah’s Scribbles” collection Published 2016 by Andrews McMeel Publishing, 110p   Definitely one of the most difficult life challenges is to grow old harmoniously and to accept ourselves how we really are. And I think we cannot do this without developing a certain capacity to understand ironies of life… Continue reading Sarah Andersen dares to ask uncomfortable questions about adulthood in a humorous, ironical collection of comic strips