Wild by Emily Hughes

A couple of days ago, it was the birthday of my little son. For me, having a child like him was a SHOCK. Son N1 was an angel, the perfect child.
This one is something else, he breaks everything he touches, he always finds a different use for things, he screams, tantrums for 30 minutes, we are always living in A& E, he never agrees with what I say, and he is only 2 and driving me crazy.

So when I heard about this book, I thought it was perfect for him. It is called WILD.

The story goes that this feral girl was raised in the jungle by animals and then some humans tried to take her to the civilisation. It didn’t go very well. The story is a wonderful, heart warming one, specially if you love animals.

But I want to put special attention to the illustrations, they are marvellous. Emily Hughes’s scenes depict some very sweet moments between the animals and the girl. You can buy it from the Flying Eye website.

We read this book again and again with my 2 sons and we love it. I treasure it and I keep it safe from the wild creature in my house, and to be honest (shh don’t tell him) I bought more for me that for him.

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Images by Flying Eye Books

Little Big Worlds, an amazing illustration project

I want to tell you about an amazing illustrator who is doing an awesome project called Pequeños Grandes Mundos (Little Big Worlds). His name is Ivanke, and he is Argentinian. I came across his work via Facebook because he is a friend of a friend. He is travelling all over Latin American, staying in tiny little villages, helping kids to draw, and running workshops for free. His paying for all these projects himself and has already been to Argentina, Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico y Cuba.

There is one simple goal: to create art with children from cities all around the world, reaching boys and girls from different communities in every continent.

550 days, 50 countries drawing with kids. He spent 230 in Latin America and the next stop is Asia. You can see a film about this project here with subtitles.

How can you help? Well, you can buy his illustrations that help to subsidise the last bit of his trip in Asia here or in his online shop where you can buy beautiful framed illustrations. Christmas is coming and you will be a supporting a wonderful project!

I want my hat back!

This lovely book came into my hands yesterday. It is hilarious, such a simple story: a bear wants his hat back! and he is very determined to find it.
Jon Klassen really made me smile with this book, it is a great story and I love the characters.
I already ordered a copy for my son (and me). You can order your copy from Amazon

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Laura Varsky

Laura Varksy is an Argentinian illustrator. She was a teacher of mine when I was studying at the University of Buenos Aires. Her calligraphic work is absolutely beautiful and it has a particular style that is very recognizable. She started working in the music industry designing art covers for CD which took her to win a Latin Grammy for best packaging in 2006.
Four years after her graduation as a designer she rediscovered the world of illustration working for editorial projects, several labels and artistic projects.
Enjoy her work.

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“Barnacles & Dames” – Mary Kuper exhibition

The illustrator Mary Kuper is doing an exhibition of her amazing and gorgeous illustrations in the Saison Poetry Library, Royal Festival Hall, from September 18th to October 26th.
The exhibition is called “Barnacles & Dames” and it is about etymologies, poetry and images.

This Moose belongs to me – Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers is one of my favourite illustrators. He has such a lovely style, simple stories and gorgeous illustrations. I love these books and my son loves them as well.
Books like “Lost and Found”, “How to Catch a Star”, “The Way Back Home” are new classics of this era.
He has a new book out now called “This Moose Belong to Me”. Here is the trailer, which is lovely.