[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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[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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[ARC] Object lessons: Egg and Earth

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La serie Object Lesson mi affascina sempre, a partire dalle belle e minimaliste copertine. La mia aspettativa in questo caso è rimasta delusa, ma capisco l’impostazione che viene data a ogni singolo libretto è funzione dello stile dell’autore.

Egg by Nicole Walker

Diverse culture hanno miti di creazione legati all’immagine dell’uovo, e anche per questo motivo l’autrice ci parla dell’uovo principalmente in termini generazione di nuova vita: la copertina ci porta la mente all’uovo di gallina, ma uova di tutte le dimensioni hanno questo scopo. Da questo filone si passa quindi al tema della mancata creazione, che l’autrice affronta parlando di esperienze molto personali.

Sinceramente è ben diverso da quello che mi aspettavo (ovvero meno uova metaforiche e più uova concrete, di cui si parla veramente poco).

Ringrazio l’editore per avermi fornito la copia necessaria per stendere questa recensione.

Earth by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Linda T Elkins-Tanton

Con Earth mi aspettavo di trovare un testo di stampo scientifico, in realtà è più una riflessione filosofica sul rapporto tra la Terra e i suoi abitanti ,impostato come scambio epistolare.

Purtrppo non mi ha convinto molto, avrei preferito che il testo avesse un taglio diverso.

Ringrazio l’editore per avermi fornito la copia necessaria per stendere questa recensione.

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* Egg by Nicole Walker ★★☆☆☆½
* Earth by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Linda T Elkins-Tanton ★★☆☆☆½

*Ho letto questo libro in Inglese

[ARC] Object lessons: Egg and Earth

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The Object Lesson series is quite fascinating, and the cover are minimal and beautiful. My expectation this time were not satisfied, but I understand that the structure of the book depends hugely on the author’s writing style.

Egg by Nicole Walker

Various cultures have creation myths based on the image of the egg, and also for this reason the author mostly speaks of eggs in terms of fertility and creation of new lives: the cover makes us think about chicken eggs, but egg of any dimension aim in creating new lives. From this themes the absence of creation follows, and the author shares personal experience about this topic.

Honestly I hoped more in real eggs, with respect to metaphorical ones, and the result is quite different from what I expected about this book.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

Earth by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Linda T Elkins-Tanton

I expected Earth to be a scientific book / essay, it actually is more a philosophical reflection about the relation between Earth and its inhabitants, expressed mostly as a epistolary exchange.

I did not find it engaging, I would have preferred a different structure / content.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

 

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* Egg by Nicole Walker ★★☆☆☆½
* Earth by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Linda T Elkins-Tanton ★★☆☆☆½

*I read this book in english

[ARC] Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith

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Public libraries and other stories is a collection of stories by Ali Smith; after each tale there is a recollection or an episode about public libraries and the cultural and educational role they have in modern society.

I honestly prefer other books by Ali Smith (like the beautiful How to be both and the nice Autumn), and I like more her narrative style in the novel form, however I still remember some images from this collection of stories:

  • the books that contain short text in the boundary and the poet Olive Fraser who frees them at the end of the tale that tells a fictional episode of her life;
  • the old lady forgotten on the train and the group of teenagers who help her;
  • the child who wants to pay an object with flowers;
  • the mix of bureaucracy and technology that make ourself lose control of our life (the cloned credit card, the man declared dead multiple times without reason).

To the readers wanting to read for the first time something by this author I think it’s better to go for a novel.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.


* Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith ★★★☆☆

*I read this book in english