Square by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen: a witty, philosophical debate on the life of the artist and the purpose of art

Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen, Square Published 2018 by Walker Books, 44p Square is the second book in the Shape Trilogy created by the amazing duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, two artists whose work is defined by brilliant humour, profound, contemporary subjects and originality. In few words (though generous subtlety) and minimalist pictures we are… Continue reading Square by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen: a witty, philosophical debate on the life of the artist and the purpose of art

Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love: a warm story about the importance of family support in children’s lives

Jessica Love, Julian Is A Mermaid Published 2018 by Walker Books, 32p   We all experience moments of confusion and anxiety but as a parent and as an employee in a school I think one of the essential duties is to control emotions and find the inner balance so as to be able to build… Continue reading Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love: a warm story about the importance of family support in children’s lives

Tiny by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton: an interesting, creative introduction to the invisible world of microbes

Nicola Davies, Tiny. The Invisible World of Microbes. Illustrated by Emily Sutton Published 2014 by Walker Books, 40p   Nicola Davies’s book, beautifully illustrated by Emily Sutton introduces children to the fascinating world of microbes. Having no doubt that the young readers already know a lot about big animals and tiny creatures, Nicola Davies complements… Continue reading Tiny by Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton: an interesting, creative introduction to the invisible world of microbes

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

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

A Child of Books pays homage to literature, reminding us that we are the stories we read

Olliver Jeffers, Sam Winston, A Child of Books Published 2016 by Walker Books UK, 40p A Child of Books is a wonderful invitation to explore literature and discover or rediscover the classic books of childhood. Olliver Jeffers and Sam Winston create a magic world of words, sending an invitation to unlock imagination and nurture it… Continue reading A Child of Books pays homage to literature, reminding us that we are the stories we read

The Great Bear – a powerful story on individual freedom, respect and the myth of Ursa Major

Libby Gleeson, Armin Greder, The Great Bear Published 2010 by Walker Books (first published 1999 by Scholastic Australia), 40p   Based upon a dream Libby Gleeson had in 1995, The Great Bear is an intense story about an abused bear in a medieval circus somewhere in Europe, that has the courage to escape captivity. A… Continue reading The Great Bear – a powerful story on individual freedom, respect and the myth of Ursa Major