What price do we pay for progress? Moletown, a largely wordless book by German author/illustrator Torben Kuhlmann, encourages readers to ponder this question in some depth in a story set in a subterranean world of moles and machines. The machines are not there at the start, just one mole that lives under a ‘lush green … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Moletown
Sel Erder Yackley is a native Türk -- an immigrant and now a citizen of America. I had the chance to hear her sharing memories of living with a bipolar spouse. Her black and white book cover looked awfully grim, the title even grimmer, and the subject did nothing to make me say, "gee, I … Continue reading ‘Never Regret The Pain: Loving and Losing a Bipolar Spouse’ by Sel Erder Yackley
A Meal in Winter by French author Hubert Mingarelli is a subtle book that quietly but methodically stalks the reader’s sympathies. It does so through a beautiful, spare prose style that begins with the first line: “They had rung the iron gong outside, and it was still echoing, at first for real in the courtyard, and then, for a longer … Continue reading Book Review: A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli
In search of a cozy, quirky book to curl up with on a winter evening or to read out loud with a young child? The Cat Who Came in off the Roof, translated from the beloved Dutch children's classic, Minoes, may be just the ticket. Shy newspaper reporter Tibble is in trouble with his editor … Continue reading Review: The Cat Who Came In Off The Roof by Annie M.G. Schmidt
by Karen Van Drie This is a very compelling wartime diary of what a women experienced living in Berlin at the end of World War II. The keeper of this diary, which she originally published anonymously, describes the daily struggle to stay alive as her national leaders, nation-state, and city fell to an invading Soviet … Continue reading A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in a Conquered City by Anonymous
by Kathryn Bodnar The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo; translated from the Spanish by Isabelle Kaufeler; Atria Books 2016 Following in the strong tradition of the Spanish novela negra, The Invisible Guardian is the first of Dolores Redondo’s Baztán trilogy. This crime thriller blends traditional elements of the genre with mythologies and superstitions of … Continue reading Book Review: The Invisible Guardian
by Jenny Zbrizher Are You An Echo? by David Jacobson, Misuzu Kaneko; translated from the Japanese by Sally Ito, Michiko Tsuboi; illustrated by Toshikado Hajiri; Chin Music Press, Sept. 2016 Part picture book biography and part translated poetry anthology, this unique children's book is the product of a translational collaboration between an American author, two … Continue reading Book Review: ARE YOU AN ECHO?
By Kristin Jónsson Mamada, Mineko. Which is Round? Which is Bigger? Illus. Mamada, Minkeo. Originally published in Japanese as Docchikana? Kids Can Press. March 1, 2013. ISBN 978-1-55453-973-4. This delightful picture book is a perfect fit for preschool through first grade. On each page spread the author poses what seems to be a simple … Continue reading Which is Round? Which is Bigger?