Bob Dylan’s Forever Young illustrated by Paul Rogers

Bob Dylan, Paul Rogers, Forever Young Published 2008 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 40p Forever Young is one of Bob Dylan’s most beloved songs. Since it first appeared in 1974 on the album Planet Waves, the song became an anthem, a valuable piece of advice for the new generations to stay forever young. The song… Continue reading Bob Dylan’s Forever Young illustrated by Paul Rogers

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

Chip Kidd demonstrates that first impressions count, that we do judge a book by its covers and that we need both clarity and mystery in our lives

Chip Kidd, Judge This Published 2015 by Simon & Schuster, 134p   Chip Kidd is a master of book design. His portfolio includes book covers for Haruki Murakami, Oliver Sacks, John Updike, Orhan Pamuk, Elie Wiesel and Boy George to name only a few and also the well-known cover for Jurassic Park. As all stories… Continue reading Chip Kidd demonstrates that first impressions count, that we do judge a book by its covers and that we need both clarity and mystery in our lives

Grandad’s Island – a moving allegory on the death of a grandparent

Benji Davies, Grandad’s Island Published 2015 by Simon & Schuster UK, 32p   Benji Davies surely knows how to illustrate the connection between father and son or the special bonding between grandfather and grandchild. I appreciated the subtlety and the intelligence in this beautiful story. It deals with death although it is never mentioned and… Continue reading Grandad’s Island – a moving allegory on the death of a grandparent

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