Monthly Archives: November 2016

Haroun and the Sea of Stories

  Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a rich, magical story dense with word-play and allusion and writerly jokes. The plot is a fairy-tale  quest with  recognisably Indian in-jokes (the road signs!) language use (the rhyming!) and setting: The … Continue reading

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Chinese Cinderella

Adeline Yen Mah’s Chinese Cinderella has a beautiful new cover and I’m glad, because this memoir of life in  post-war China will appeal to so many children. Adeline’s mother dies soon after her birth. Her wealthy father remarries  a much … Continue reading

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The Whale Rider

The Whale Rider is better known as a film than as a book in the UK, but the novel, by distinguished New Zealand Maori novelist Witi Ihimaera, is a great read. A short book, told  in a frank, colloquial tone … Continue reading

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Cloud Tea Monkeys

Cloud Tea Monkeys is a simple, beautifully illustrated story. Somewhere between a  picture book and chapter book/early reader in terms of the text length, the tale is set in colonial  India  (references to the Empress of all Known Lands) but  based … Continue reading

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Frida

There are many beautiful picture books about Frida Kahlo around right now, including this one  but Frida deserves a mention for its artwork (by Spanish artist Ana Juan), which  combines the bright and the surreal in a perfectly unsettling,  Kahlo-esque way. I also … Continue reading

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Picture Books for End Times

  Bad times are coming. And all we can do is keep working, striving, spreading the word about good things and fighting bad things. But if you’re finding it hard to read your kids bedtime stories right now, try these:   … Continue reading

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Understand. Support. Challenge. by Patrice Lawrence – Guest Post #DiversityMonth

Born in Brighton to Caribbean parents, living in London, I have been writing since I could. I’ve run the gamut of painful rhyming couplets, existentialist teenage diaries and – er – true romance. I’ve published some serious stuff, about equality…

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