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The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes

The illustrations are breathtaking. They are one of my favourite things about this book.
The story is simple. A gardener who loves gardening. But no matter how hard he works, he finds that there’s a lot to do, and he’s not seeing the results he wants. The one thing that keeps him going is a flower. An absolutely beautiful flower.
This flower represents hope. Metaphorically speaking it’s a great reference, but how much of that complex message kids will absorb, is really up in the air. It seems that every time you read The Little Gardener, you may be enlightened with a new message.

Kids will love to marvel at the pictures, but whether they will manage to stay captivated by the narration will be something that you will have to discover for yourself.

Happy Reading!

The Gap Of Time by Jeanette Winterson

Can life unhappen?
Welcome to the modern day retelling of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale by Jeanette Winterson. It's a story where the past depends on the future, just as much as the future depends on the past. 
"The past in The Winter's Tale is not history; it's tragedy. And tragedy cannot happen without consciousness. It's the scale of the loss, the sense of it and it's senselessness, that makes jealousy and violence in the first act so painful." How can you live if you don't forgive? 
One decision, based on jealously alters the course of many lives. Jeanette Winterson'sThe Gap Of Time mirrors Shakespeare original play. Leo and Xeno are friends, in the same way that Leontes and Polixenes are in The Winter's Tale. An unexplained rage and suspicion by Leo that his wife is having an affair with his best friend, launches into a lifetime of heartache and misunderstanding. A little baby, Perdita, is the innocent bystander in this, who's …

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Just when you think your life is fine, the universe has something else in store for you.

Recommended by Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Malala Yousafzai, and soon to be made into a movie by Angelina Jolie, The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis is a gem that touches your heart with such purity. The book published in 2000 is devoid of the superficial; it tells a story with simplicity, without pretense, and an authenticity that resonates across cultural boundaries. The Breadwinner (published by House of Anansi) is actually the first book the series, and the fifteenth anniversary edition has recently been released.

The story's main protagonist is Parvana. Her home is Kabul, Afghanistan. Her family consists of her father, mother, older sister Nooria and two younger siblings, Maryam and Ali. As her father is arrested and the family left with no one to take care of them the struggle to survive ensues. 

How will the family pull together in the face of this adversity? Underneath the facade of political …

How To Outfox Your Friends When You Don’t Have A Clue by Jess Keating

Another installment in Jess Keating’s My Life Is A Zoo series featuring the hilarious, down-to-earth Ana Wright. In How To Outfox Your Friends When You Don’t Have A Clue, Ana is about to turn thirteen. And, you can imagine what sorts of interesting writing material that brings forth for the series. 
Her best friend Liv, who is now her long-distance friend after she moved to New Zealand, returns for a visit. The initial excitement for Ana dwindles with the realization that this isn’t the same Liv who used to like getting milkshakes at Shaken: Not Stirred. No Sir Ree Bob. This new Liv 2.0 has dark purple streaked hair (it's actually called Violent Violet), and is into things that Ana definitely isn’t (well not yet, anyway). Grungy shirts, butt kicking boots, makeup and and interest in (dare I say the obvious) boys.  
Liv’s changed. But then again, so has Ana. Her former enemy Ashley, is now her best-ish friend. But she can’t tell Liv that just yet. Even though Ashley used to seriously…

Five Zany Questions with Ellie Marney, author of Every Word. #Wattscroft

Five Zany Questions with Ellie Marney, author of Every Word
Hi from the Australia, and welcome to the Every Word blog tour!
Yes, Australia is far away.But I’m bringing a little piece of Oz here for your entertainment at Sukasa Reads today, where I get to answer some slightly odd questions about myself and the creation of Every Word, the second book in the Every series (the series with the hot guy with the curls and the Sherlock-esque name – James Mycroft – and his partner-in-crime, former country chick and supreme all-rounder, Rachel Watts).
I had a lot of fun with these questions, and I hope you enjoy the answers!


1. My work space – lemme tell you about it:
Well, it’s small.And it’s cluttered.And there’s no real door, just a screen door to keep out the flies.But it is slightly detached from our house – it’s actually a little room tacked onto the shed behind our carport – so I’m a bit removed from all the action inside when I need to be.
This is the outside of it:

And this is the insi…

Written and Drawn by Henrietta

Reading books is fun...but what about making them? Henrietta is ready to jump into the fun world of drawing comics and bring them to life. Colour pencils in hand, she proceeds to create a compelling narrative that includes a brave young girl, a three-headed monster, and an impossibly wide world of adventure. Toon Books refers to this as a book unlike any other, and it is. 

To describe this book as “amazingly original” would be an understatement.  You don’t see a lot of comic books for the younger kids. And, you definitely don’t see a toon book written and drawn by a kid. This in itself makes Written and Drawn by Henrietta even more appealing to the younger readers.

Fun for children to read and be read to, Written and Drawn by Henrietta is an original piece of story-telling that just may spark the creative spirit in your kids. 

------------------------------------------- Written And Drawn By Henrietta is published by Toon Books, and distributed in Canada by PG Canada. 

Blog post by @ShilpaR…

The Cow Who Climbed A Tree by Gemma Merino

A delightful book about adventure and believing in the impossible. The Cow Who Climbed A Tree encourages kids to follow their dreams regardless of what other people think. It’s a sweet, simple story, that embraces their curiosity.

------------------------------------------- The Cow Who Climbed A Tree is distributed in Canada by PG Canada. 

Blog post by @ShilpaRaikar (Creative and Social Media strategist, decor enthusiast and book lover, who also writes for a branding blog:, as well as a lifestyle blog: T: @SukasaStyle)

Photography: The Definitive Visual History

A picture says a thousand words, or so goes the idiom, and the sweep of recent history enforces this notion --  stories have been told through the camera lens for the preceding two centuries and that is only increasing now with the ubiquity of social media and the accessibility of modern digital photography.

While the medium is the message, photography has been the medium of choice. 
In Photography: The Definitive Visual History, prolific author and professional photographer Tom Ang (Twitter handle: @Tom_Ang ) provides an invaluable tome to those new to the genre as well as those experts looking for an elegant hardbound addition to their library. 

Picking up the book and leafing through the high archival quality pages one immediately senses the love for the craft. From the cover featuring Richard Avedon's 'Carmen (Homage to Munkacsi), coat by Cardin', Place Francois-Premier, Paris, 1957  through to the unforgettable images by the likes of Sebastio Salgado, Henri Cartier Bress…

The Scream Of The Butterfly by Jakob Melander

A Lars Winkler Novel, The Scream Of The Butterfly is a new installment in Jakob Melander’s Scandinavian crime series. Politics and family are at the heart of this murder mystery. When the mayor of Copenhagen is found murdered in his luxury apartment, Lars Winkler is on the case. But it’s not as simple as it looks. The case is layered with red tape, especially since the mayor’s mom is a prominent political figure. And with elections coming up, she doesn’t want anything to jeopardize her chances of being elected for the top job. 
But how far will she go to stop her family’s name from getting tainted? 
And, how much more red tape does Lars Winkler have to uncover to get to the bottom of this high profile murder investigation? The victim seems to be an idealistic man, but there are some unexplained gaps in his past. Did he ever work with the Red Cross? The records don’t show that. But if the rumours are true, then why? The pieces of the puzzle just don’t add up. 
Even though I hadn’t read th…

Make the world a beautiful place today with Beautiful Hands

It’s Random Act Of Kindness Day, and I can’t help but make the correlation between the act of doing something beautiful for someone with the timing of coming across a wonderful book that is beautiful in its own right. Beautiful Hands by Bret Baumgarten and Kathryn Otoshi is a symphony of colour and the human touch. 

The backbone of this beautiful book is based on an uplifting theme, one that motivates and tugs at your heartstrings. 

The imagery that has been meticulously put together using handprints and fingerprints, is breathtaking. 

The visuals work to evoke as much compassion as the words do. There is a creative visual artistry that just works to make you believe that the world can be a beautiful place. And, that dovetails right into Random Act Of Kindness Day. 

So, go, shake someone’s hand, write a note, or make a handprint. Just make someone smile today! It’s a beautiful thing when all hands work together to make the world a friendlier place.

Where's The BaBOOn?

If there is one thing that Michael Escoffier and Kris Di GIacomo have created, it's a book that oozes uniqueness. Is it a book? Is it a game? What it is, is an attempt to be clever. But does it live up to the hype? You shall have to decide for yourself.

It took me a few pages in to realize the clever attempt at humour. Once you get it you can see that a snake can hide in a snowflake, and that an ape is bringing an apple to the ostrich. But it's a bit of a stretch. A better font or making the keywords upper case perhaps may make the concept more transparent. But then again, perhaps transparency was not what the authors were going for. 

For a better understanding of how to make words leap off a page, you can pick up Ellen Lupton's Thinking With Type. This book will help creatives understand the principles of marrying type with graphics, and ensure that designers learn how to avoid type crimes. Read the review atthinkBLINK

Whatever the case, there is a bit lost in translation.…