A Lion in Paris

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Alemagna, B. (2014). A Lion in Paris. London: Tate Publishing.

Originally published in French as Un Lion à Paris.

Here is the story of a lion from the grasslands who finds himself unfulfilled and therefore travels into Paris. He delights and prides himself at being the centre of attention and so becomes befuddled when people do not react strongly to his presence on the Métro or pulling up at chair at the famous outdoor spot, Café de Flore. A story of finding oneself, the lion’s journey ends Continue reading

Into the Forest

414098 Browne, A. (2004). Into the Forest. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press. Author illustrator Anthony Browne has amassed an impressive collection of award-winning picture books. Known for his postmodernist approach, Into the Forest is no exception.  A boy is awoken in the middle of the night by a storm, establishing a sense of foreboding. The diagonal lines in the shadows immediately put us on edge, and we turn the page to discover the father is Continue reading

Flora and the Penguin

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Idle, M. (2014). Flora and the Penguin. San Francisco, California: Chronicle Books LLC.

This time around, Flora is the one responsible for causing the trouble in the  companion to the 2014 Caldecott Honor book, Flora and the Flamingo. The unlikely friendship between Flora and her new ice skating pal is explored as they glide, spin and dance together in this wordless picture book with unique Continue reading