Archive for the ‘Children’s Literature’ category

Dr Franklin’s Staticy Cat and Other Unbelievable Tales

So it turns out that ‘Dr Franklin’ is a reference after all—but to a different doctor than the one I had in mind. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so let’s just say that the title story is a brief but delightful re-imagining of a tale that most children on Rolli’s side of the Atlantic will likely be familiar with; a re-imagining that combines lessons in both science and history with the author’s ever-inventive, almost absurd, take on life.

Martin on the Moon

Though I got this book thinking of my daughter, it’s actually reminding me more of myself in primary school. That mix of boredom and curiosity I felt being in a classroom for the first time comes up vividly as I read this. After running free in…

Mały Książę

Na planecie Pijaka Mały Książę też nie może nauczyć się nic o miłości bo tam miłości nie ma. Alkohol jest zastępczym sposobem na życie, jest wstydem i zapomnieniem. Staje się powoli sposobem na życie, czy też ucieczką od niego i siebie samego. Żyjąc w rodzinie alkoholików…

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

I’ve reached about the middle of the book and I’m once again amazed at what ends up on young readers’ bookshelves; LaFevers’ writing could easily sit on the same shelves that house classic literature. This is a story with multiple levels. At its core, it caters to…

The Little Prince

Just as the desert is sculpted by the blowing breeze, so are our thoughts and ideas. The ebb and flow of who we are is symbolized in the asteroids the Little Prince skips across. The characters he…

The Hobbit

I’m amazed that many of the events in this book slipped so easily from my memory, as this read-through has scored them there indelibly. The forest, the mountains, the lake – it is the first book I have read for some time that captures such a sense of location, as if I’d been walked through the land by a professional cinematographer. That it achieves this using such uncomplicated, plain words is a…