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Why?

Lila Prap’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages, I discovered when I started to research Slovenian picture books. I have chosen to review perhaps her most successful title Why? in this post, the last...

A Boy and a House

A Boy and a House is a wordless picture book by Maja Kastelic, a Slovenian author/illustrator with a background in painting and fresco restoration. As you may know, I am a big fan of wordless picture books, a format...

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Oh No, George!

George is a dog, a bright orange and red dog with floppy ears and a very long purple snout that looks like it’s been dipped in black paint. He is the glorious creation on the front cover, whose eyes implore you to buy...

Don’t Go to School!

In Australia, the new school year doesn’t start until the end of January, but in many parts of the world, the summer holidays are almost over. August/September mark the beginning of a new term and the first day of...

Ireland

Back in October last year, I received a message on Twitter from Gráinne Ní Mhuilneoir @BooksAsGaeilge asking if I was looking for picture books from Ireland to review. Um . . . yes please, I responded! And within 24...

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Nour’s Escape

Nour’s existence really is an unhappy one. She has no family and no home. And she’s haunted by an anonymous ‘annoying voice’ that draws attention to her sorry lot, jeers at her and won’t leave her alone. She thinks...

The Jasmine Sneeze

AACHOOO! Poor Haroun. He can’t stand the scent of jasmine. It makes him sneeze and prevents him from sleeping. The problem is Haroun lives in Damascus and there is jasmine everywhere! Fortunately, he’s a crafty kind of...

The Dot

This is the first of two reviews of books originally published by Bright Fingers Publishing House in Damascus. The English editions are published by Darf Children’s Books, an independent children’s publisher...

Syria

I have been wanting to feature picture books by Syrian book creators on the blog for a while now, but have held off due to the lack of titles available in English. I, alas, have no grasp of Arabic, the official language...