This weekâ€™s weekly geeks:
April 2nd was International Children’s Book Day. And April is National Poetry Month. In celebration, I have two lovely options for you this week:
Option A: Be a kid!
You could read a picture book (or two or three) and share what you read.
Write up a post sharing your favorite books from childhood
Write up a post about reading together with your child(ren)
Option B: Be a poet!
Write your own poem and share with us!
Write bookish ABC poems–ABC’s of favorite authors, favorite books, favorite characters, favorite book blogs, or any combination of the above. Maybe even an ABC’s of a bibliophile or book addict. (A is for…B is for…etc.)(For example, ABC’s of Dr. Seuss)
Review a book you’ve read recently in haiku. (It doesn’t need to be a poetry book you’re reviewing, any book will do.) See Emilyreads for an idea of what I mean.
Read a poetry book and review it
I went with option A and read a childrenâ€™s book. I chose â€œThe Wizard, the Ugly and the Book of Shameâ€ by Pablo Bernasconi, not only because it is a beautiful story, but also because the illustrations are a feast for the eyes.
The story is about the assistant of the sorcerer Leitmeritz who is left alone after being told that he must not touch the Red Book of Spells. However, since he knows that Leitmeritz can fulfil peopleâ€™s innermost wishes with the help of the book, Chancery, who is considered ugly to the extreme by everybody and is ashamed of his looks, tries to use the book to become handsome. The results are disastrous. Leitmeritz tells Chancery that â€“ in order to set everything that happened right again â€“ he must attain his innermost wish without any magicâ€¦
The collage like illustrations are made from various patterns, textures, objects and letters and breathtaking. Pablo Bernasconi is an award-winning designer and illustrator and this book testifies to it. There is so much to discover that you wonâ€™t be done with this book for a long time. On amazon you can have a look for yourself with the â€œlook insideâ€ feature. Just follow the link above to the bookâ€™s site on amazon.
There is a quote by Oscar Wilde on the first page of the book, something I havenâ€™t come across yet in a childrenâ€™s book. To me thatâ€™s an added bonus.
I canâ€™t recommend the book highly enough and wish more people would know about it. We bought the hardcover edition in a discount store for a few Euros that clearly shows that unfortunately the book isnâ€™t appreciated the way it deserves.