Marieke Nijkamp drags you by the collar, on your back, right to the middle of the shooting. She puts you inside the heads of all those people. You can scream, shout and struggle but her grip is so tight that you will not be able to get out till it actually ends.
Varmints is a story about how industrialisation and urbanisation is destroying the environment. The words are light and the illustrations are heavy.
French illustrator Barroux found this incomplete diary of an unknown soldier, who was in the First World War, in a rubbish heap in Paris. He took it to his studio and illustrated the words of the soldier in lovely strokes of grey and black. The journey of the soldier is set over just 2 months – August and September of the year 1914.
As many of you know I am in love with Audrey Hepburn. According to me she is the most beautiful woman in the world. My friends know me well. I once received a gift – a four DVD classic collection of Audrey Hepburn movies. Funnily, it had Funny Face in it. I realised I ‘ve…
The picture book is a magnificent celebration of colour and silhouettes. It is a different take on the fable of the blind men and an elephant which according to Wikipedia originated in the Indian Subcontinent.
This book is quite opposite to all the picture books that we come across – with enchanting visuals that support the narrative. The book is inventive, bold, novel and anarchic. Well isn’t that what children’s literature is about anyway.
The minute I heard two of my favorites were coming together for a book, I knew my bank balance was going to take a serious beating. I have loved Neil Gaiman since Coraline and I have loved Chris Riddell since Ottoline (ooooh that rhymed). But I didn’t imagine it to be this good.
In his own remarkable style Allen Say has touched upon a difficult subject that not many are comfortable with – interracial adoption.
Another random find.
I knew I was looking for something but I didn’t know what I was looking for. I found it lying ignored and I grabbed it because I just had the feeling it would be special.
Ok, I confess. All the books I review are the ones that I can personally relate to. I actually don’t know how to write about a book that does not affect me in some personal way. This is one such book that made me all nostalgic and teary eyed for a while before I could write about it.
You are loved.
How soon is it to tell anyone that? Is it a matter of how soon or how late?
We are not perfect. I am not. You are not. In relation to that it simply means that our children will not be perfect and will not live in a perfect world. We all know the reason behind this imperfection, don’t we?