Friday, February 24, 2012

Jules alla bolognese

Julie Danielson is back from Bologna, where she was one of the judges for the 2012 BolognaRagazzi awards. Read her report here!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Another warm applause for Amandina

The British but Madrid-based translator Ellen Duthie reviews children's books on her blog, We read it like this. Today, she posted a particularly attentive and thoughtful review of Amandina. Thank you!

Friday, February 17, 2012

La piccola fuggitiva (The Little Fugitive)

I would like to share images from a picture book that is particularly dear to me. The author and illustrator is Franco Matticchio, who also happens to be a friend of mine (unfortunately I don't see him nearly as often as I would like to). I think he is one of the very few truly extraordinary book artists working in Italy today. The book - the story of a little girl who runs away who knows where - was published in Milan in 2009 by the meritorious Nuages gallery.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Tiny Visitor

A few days ago I joined an interesting discussion about strangeness in picture books on Roger Sutton's blog. I have to confess that I hadn't heard of Oscar de Mejo before, so I looked around and bought this nice copy of what is apparently his first children's book: a 64-page picture book, published by Pantheon in 1982.

Oscar de Mejo with his first wife, actress Alida Valli.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Albert Dubout

I came to realize that not enough people outside of France know of Albert Dubout.