[ARC] da Kids Can Press – 5

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Alcuni dei titoli della Kids Can Press in uscita a Maggio 2017. Seguono i commenti, questa volta in ordine alfabetico.

  • Different? Same! by Heather Tekavec
  • The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires
  • Wade’s Wiggly Antlers by Louise Bradford

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[ARC] from Kids Can Press – 5

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Some of the books of Kids Can Press being published on May 2017. Here follows my comments, in alphabetical order.

  • Different? Same! by Heather Tekavec
  • The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires
  • Wade’s Wiggly Antlers by Louise Bradford

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Storie della buonanotte per bambine ribelli by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo

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Penso che Storie della buonanotte per bambine ribelli non abbia bisogno di grandi presentazioni, visto che da qualche tempo è al centro dell’attenzione: ha ottenuto finanziamenti sia su Kickstarter che Indiegogo, è stato osannato e criticato.

Per la sua natura (i motivi che hanno portato a scriverlo, i contenuti, la scelta precisa del titolo) direi che è un libro che si ama o si odia, ed è comunque un testo che non viene giudicato solo per il contenuto, ma anche per l’intenzione.

A me è piaciuto (e l’ho anche già regalato): non è esente da difetti, forse non avrei selezionato le stesse 100 grandi donne e in alcuni casi ne avrei parlato in modo diverso, però va premiato per l’ottima idea e per come è stata realizzata.

Le storie sono proposte in ordine alfabetico per nome, e ad ogni profilo è associata una illustrazione che ritrae la protagonista della storia; i disegni sono realizzati da illustratrici di tutto il mondo, e in molti casi mi pare riescano a cogliere molto bene l’immagine (inteso anche come stile) della persona ritratta.

Il titolo è provocatorio, ma è un libro veramente per tutti: per i bambini perchè insegna che tutti possono fare grandi cose, ma anche per gli adulti perchè nessuno è onnisciente; i 100 ritratti sono un punto di partenza per approfondire persone e tematiche.


* Storie della buonanotte per bambine ribelli by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo ★★★★★

*Ho letto questo libro in italiano

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo

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I think that Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls does not need a formal presentation, since it has focused a lot of attention: it is the outcome of a successful crowdfunding campaign both on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, it obtained great praises and critiques.

Because of its characteristics (the reasons it was written, the contents, the specific choice of the title) I think it’s a book that is either loved or hated; it’s difficult to judge it only for its content, because it is also about meaning and intent.

I liked it (and I’ve already buy it as present): it’s not flawless, maybe I would not have chosen the same 100 women or I would have written something different about some of them, but it needs to be praised for the good idea and realization.

The stories are sorted alphabetically by name, and all women are also portrayed in an illustration; the images, made by women illustrator around the world, are beautiful, and I think they fit the style of the woman described.

The title is provocative, but the book is suited for everybody: for children because it teaches that everyone can do great things, and for adults because it helps learning something new about people and foreign cultures and societies.


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo ★★★★★

*I read this book in italian

[ARC] from Kids Can Press – 4

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Here follow my comments about various children books Kids Can Press will publish in April 2017.

The books – listed in random order – are:

  • Spork by Kyo Maclear
  • The way home in the night by Akiko Miyakoshi
  • Lines, Bars and Circles: How William Playfair Invented Graphs by Helaine Becker
  • Stop Feedin’ da Boids! by James Sage
  • The Last Tree by Ingrid Chabbert
  • A Horse Named Steve by Kelly Collier

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[ARC] da Kids Can Press – 4

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Seguono i commenti relativi a diversi libretti della Kids Can Press in uscita in Aprile 2017.

Seguono, come sempre in puro ordine casuale, i commenti a:

  • Spork by Kyo Maclear
  • The way home in the night by Akiko Miyakoshi
  • Lines, Bars and Circles: How William Playfair Invented Graphs by Helaine Becker
  • Stop Feedin’ da Boids! by James Sage
  • The Last Tree by Ingrid Chabbert
  • A Horse Named Steve by Kelly Collier

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Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens

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Fifth installment of the Wells & Wong, or Murder Most Unladylike mysteries series.

In the best tradition of Miss Marple, or of the more recent Jessica Fletcher, we are fully aware that everywhere Daisy and Hazel go, a murder will follow.

This time the two girls are in Cambridge, with the purpose of spending a peaceful Christmas with Daisy’s aunt in a school near the one that Daisy’s brother is attending.

In the city are spending their holidays also the Pinkerton boys, a rival detective society, and the girls will have to collaborate with them (a relation that goes from friendship to challenges).

The crime plot is well-managed as always (my comment to the previous installments is here and here and also here), one of the features that I like is the historical setting, that emerge from small details; in this specific case the role of women in society – and in academy – is the most relevant theme.


* Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens ★★★★☆

*I read this book in english