Latest New Titles Reviewed April/May 2019
Under 5 Category
Mira’s Curly Hair - Mira really doesn’t like her unruly curly hair and she would give anything to have lovely smooth, straight hair like her Mama. Emirati author Maryam al Serkal’s inspiration for the story came from her own daughter Mira and presents a simple, gentle concept conveying a message that difference should be celebrated. Set in Dubai, where the author lives, the vibrant acrylic artwork by Argentinian illustrator Rebeca Luciani really captures the essence of both the story and main characters. (Lantana Publishing)
When it Rains - Kira is extremely bored. It’s been raining for days and she’s tired of doing nothing. It makes her wonder why it has to rain and why there are so many things you can’t do when it rains. Indonesian author/illustrator Rassi Narika has created a charming picture book, translated by Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi Degoul and Emma Dai’an Wright, with its delightfully simplistic watercolour artwork showing a child’s wonder and discovery about rain. (The Emma Press)
The Adventures of Na Willa - Na Willa is a feisty, bright and inquisitive girl whose home is in the middle of an alley surrounded by cypress trees in the suburbs of Surabaya, Indonesia. Based on Indonesian author Reda Gaudiamo’s memories of her childhood in the 1960s, translated by Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi Degoul and Kate Wakeling, it is a delectable collection of stories about a multicultural girl growing up in Indonesia with an East Indonesian mother and a Chinese-Indonesian father. (The Emma Press)
The Casket of Time - Sigrun has become thoroughly fed up with all the apocalyptic news about the “situation” and even worse, her parents’ constant obsession with it. When Sigrun’s family – along with everyone else – decides to hibernate in their TimeBoxs®, to wait for better times Sigrun’s adventure begins after her box malfunctions and opens to early. Sigrun is confronted with an abandoned city in ruins, overrun by wild forests and animals and the only sign of life is a group of children led by the mysterious researcher Grace who tells them the ancient tale of the Curse of the princess of Pangea. The story has eerie parallels with the present-day crisis and Sigrun knows it is now up to her and her new friends to try and break the ancient curse before it’s too late.
Definitely a novel to savour and food for thought in these uncertain times. Icelandic author Andri Snaer Magnason has cleverly woven an intricate novel, adeptly translated by Björg Árnadóttir and Andrew Cauthery that crosses over several genres successfully, combining elements of fairy tales, fantasy, science fiction and contemporary drama. (Restless Books)
The Rainbow of Time - Taiwanese illustrator and writer Jimmy Liao’s stunningly beautiful cinematic graphic novel, translated by Wang Xinlin and Andrea Lingenfelter, is about love and loss, but also so much more. The exquisite and detailed illustrations exude emotion with evocative images and a rich colour scheme. Liao provides a variety of different imagery from the realistic to the fantastical and there are many perplexing details to linger over whether it’s a movie poster, a scene from a film merged with the protagonist’s life in reality or a dream. There are an abundance of cinematic references with so much complexity and subtlety that it is a book that needs to be read again and again, lingering over and savouring the illustrations to discover Liao’s meaning. It is both a poignant story but also an incredible ode to the cinema.(Balestier Press)
Latest New Titles Reviewed March 2019
Under 5 Category
Maisies’s Scrapbook - Five-year-old Maisie has an adventurous spirit and a vivid imagination. She enjoys the wonderful folk tales about Anansi that her Dada tells her, while Mama is her source of reassurance and comfort when she is upset or scared. They come from different places but they love her in the same way. Ghanaian author Samuel Narh lively scrapbook journey through the changing seasons is complemented with beautiful mixed-media artwork from UK illustrator Jo Loring-Fisher. (Lantana Publishing)
Alfred and the Blue Whale - Alfred is just about scared of everything, especially scared of speaking in front of his class so when he finds out he has to find some interesting facts about the Blue Whale and speak about it to his whole class, he’s terrified. Gradually though, as he learns about the Blue Whale the braver he becomes. A charming and heart-warming story by Mina Lystad translated from Norwegian by Siân Mackie. (Wacky Bee)
Arnica The Duck Princess - What a treat this book is to read. Completely original and extremely funny, it breathes life into the traditional fairy tale model bringing a very modern twist – especially what happens when your fiancé is turned into a duck! Hungarian author Ervin Lázár (1936-2006) unusual and witty classic tale, expertly translated by Anna Bentley, draws the reader straight into the story from the very first page. The comedic aspect is further enhanced by the wonderfully rich and colourful artwork by Jacqueline Molár. (Pushkin Children’s Books)
The Girl Who Learned all the Languages of the World - This is a fun book about the power of learning. Join Lela on her journey, as she begins to learn all of the languages of the world, one word at a time. Latvian author Ieva Flamingo’s humorous story, translated by Žanete Vēvere Pasqualini and with lively artwork by Chein Shyan Lee, is a great way to introduce children to learning another language. (The Emma Press)
A Good Day For Climbing Trees - When Leila turns up on his doorstep one morning with a petition to save a tree which is going to be cut down to make way for a pipeline, Marnus follows her to the park and ends up joining her up in the branches to stage a protest and save the tree from municipal managers and bulldozers. A funny and heart-warming story about taking a stand by Afrikaans author Jaco Jacobs, adeptly translated by Kobus Geldenhuys and illustrated with black and white artwork from Jim Tierney. (Rock the Boat)
Latest New Titles Reviewed February 2019
Under 5’s Category
Everyone Walks Away – It’s always the same. Everyone walks away and Frank is left alone. This unusual and quirky picture book by award-winning Swedish author and illustrator Eva Lindström, translated by Julia Marshall, is multi-layered; its simple concept belies its depth as it focusses on loneliness, exclusion and belonging. (Gecko Press)
Evie and the Strawberry Patch Rescue – Evie the Strawberry Fairy must find somewhere else to live after her strawberry patch is flooded. A charming tale by German author/illustrator Stefanie Dahle, translated by Polly Lawson, combining a magical world with teaching children about nature and caring for each other. (Floris Books)
Hello Animals How Do you Sleep? – Another board book in the critically acclaimed series by Dutch illustrator Loes Botman introducing young children to a whole host of sleeping animals. Botman’s gorgeous detailed artwork brings the animals vividly to life making this an ideal book for a pre-school read at bedtime. (Floris Books)
I Am So Clever – An incorrigible and bullying wolf believes he’s the cleverest of them all and can easily outwit Little Red Riding Hood but soon his plan unravels when he encounters some unexpected hazards! I Am So Clever sees the return of the big bad wolf from one of Belgium’s great children’s author/illustrator’s Mario Ramos. With witty text, translated by Linda Burgess, it’s a classic take on a fairy tale with an unusual twist at the end. (Gecko Press)
The Dog Who Found Sorrow – An entire city is enveloped in mysterious billowing clouds of black smoke. Everything becomes grey, robbing it of its vibrancy, colour and scent and it is up to a brave dog to uncover the source of the greyness and make it go away. A clever parable about the power of the emotions by Latvian author Rūta Briede with atmospheric smudgy black shadow illustrations by artist Elīna Braslina, who also translated the story into English. (The Emma Press)
Where Dani Goes, Happy Follows – When Dani remembers it’s Ella’s birthday she needs to thinks of the world’s best gift for the world’s best friend. This stand-alone story in the chapter book series from Swedish author Rose Lagercrantz, translated by Julia Marshall, presents a new set of challenges for the Dani as she sets off on her big adventure to surprise her friend. Lagercrantz's text sensitively navigates Dani’s feelings and the simple, expressive pen and ink illustrations by Eva Eriksson bring a gentle humour to the story. (Gecko Press)
The Noisy Classroom – Latvian poet Ieva Flamingo has produced a heady variety of poems in this poetry collection which are both mischievous and playful. She’s captured just the right tone and some tongue in cheek humour that will definitely appeal to readers. With excellent translations from Žanete Vēvere Pasqualini, Sara Smith and Richard O’ Brien the poems are enhanced by the comic-style black and white illustrations by Vivianna Maria Staņislavska. (Emma Press)
Winter in Wartime by Dutch author Jan Terlouw, translated by Laura Watkinson, is a gripping and moving novel based on the author’s own experiences as a child in occupied Holland. It paints a vivid portrait of life during the occupation as the Second World War approaches its end – the suffering of the population as they struggle to survive, the brutality and the courage of those fighting in the resistance. Long been considered a classic in Holland this is a powerful and compelling read; at times shockingly brutal and heart-breaking but also displaying selfless courage. (Pushkin Children’s Books)
Latest New Titles Reviewed January 2019
Under 5’s Category
5 Cherries is an unusual and quirky story from Italian author/illustrator Vittoria Facchini, translated by Anna Celada, with exuberant and expressive artwork that encapsulates the limitless capacity of a child’s imagination. (Enchanted Lion Books)
Sing to the Moon - No wish is too big for one young Ugandan boy. His first wish is to reach the stars and then ride a supernova straight to Mars. A charming story written in rhyme by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl with exquisite expressive and totally captivating illustrations by French illustrator Sandra van Doorn. (Lantana Publishing)
Who Left the Light On? is a zany story written in rhyme by French author Richard Marnier, translated by Emma Ramadan, deals with being different and going against the grain. Accompanied by charming artwork from French illustrator Aude Maurel. (Restless Books)
Emmett and Caleb - Readers will enjoy this enchanting story by French author Karen Hottois, translated by Sarah Ardizzone and beautifully illustrated by Delphine Renon, as they accompany best friends Emmett and Calebhe on their amble through the seasons. (Book Island)
My Little Small by renowned Swedish author Ulf Stark, (1944-2017), translated by Annie Prime, is a touching philosophical story about a lonely grey Creature who lives deep within a cave in a grey mountain where her whole world is grey, until one morning a little sun spark flies into her cave and everything changes. Charming simplistic and expressive watercolour artwork by Swedish illustrator Linda Bondestam. (Enchanted Lion Books)
Painting Everything in the World - the people from the Rathwa Tribe in Gujarat are planning a huge feast for the Holi festival. But what happens when an important part of the ritual is forgotten? Artist Harsingh Hamir has created an oral narrative with the aid of contemporary design while remaining faithful to the concept of Pithora painting. (Tara Books)
What What What? - Young Pan is bursting with questions. He has an exuberance for life; interested in everything that is going on and asking questions all the time in order to satisfy his curiosity. A quirky story underpinning a more serious message by Japanese author Arata Tendo, translated by David Boyd with expressive illustrations by Japanese artist Ryoji Arai. (Enchanted Lion Books)
Detective Nosegoode and the Museum Robbery is the third book in the series about Detective Ambrosius Nosegoode and his faithful and remarkable talking dog Cody. This title contains three separate mysteries – Detective Nosegoode and the Museum Robbery; A Game of Chess and The Sad End of the Elusive Hand. Polish author Marian Orton’s witty prose, excellently translated by Eliza Marciniak, and atmospheric black and white illustrations by Jerzy Flisak perfectly capture the humour in the narrative.
Malko And Dad - Argentinian artist Gusti presents a candid, profound and thoughtful memoir in a mixed media scrapbook-style full of brightly coloured collage, sketches, scribbles, photos, handwritten notes, poems, song lyrics, interviews and narrative reflections, which charts his relationship with his son Malko who has Down syndrome. An amazing and uplifting book that is an honest and sensitive account of what it means to love unconditionally.
New titles reviewed in December 2018
Under 5’s Category
Hello, Monster! is a funny, heart-warming tale about a narrator with a vivid imagination from French author Clémetine Beauvais accompanied by charming comical illustrations from UK illustrator Maisie Paradise Shearring. (Thames & Hudson)
8 Ways to draw Deer is an art activity book designed by Jasmine Isabelle Parker with various artists which introduces children to a variety of Indian art traditions (Tara Books)
Inside the Villains, by French author/illustrator Clotilde Perrin, translated by Daniel Hahn, is an exceptional large format pop-up book that reveals the secrets of three of the most famous fairy tale villains: wolves, giants, and witches (Gecko Press)
Another large format book Rivers from Peter Goes, author of international bestseller Timeline, translated from Dutch by Bill Nagelkerke, presents a remarkable visual history from river to sea. (Gecko Press)
Seven Pablos by Spanish poet Jorge Luján, translated by Mara Faye Lethem, follows the lives of seven Pablos living in North and South America. Accompanied by striking crayon graphite illustrations from Italian illustrator Chiara Carrer. (Enchanted Lion Books)
The Book of Trees tracks the history of trees from ancient times to the present day. An amazing encyclopaedic book by Polish graphic designer Piotr Socha that has all the answers to why trees are so important to our world. Light, witty text by Wojciech Grajkowski, translated by Anna Burgess, accompany the stunning detailed illustrations bringing this large-format book to life. (Thames & Hudson)
New York Melody - another stunning, intricate masterpiece from French author and designer Hélène Druvert using laser-cut silhouettes with each page is so delicate in its lace-like quality. As with Paris Up, Up and Away this new title will take your breath away. (Thames & Hudson)
Ms Ice Sandwich - Despite the fact that Ms Ice Sandwich always appears aloof and isn’t friendly at all, the lonely young narrator is totally in awe of her. Most electric of all are her eyelids that are painted with a thick layer of ice-blue. He nicknames her Ms Ice Sandwich and to him she is beautiful. A coming of age novella from Japanese author Mieko Kawakami, translated by Louise Heal Kawai. The power of the narrator’s voice in this tale draws the reader effortlessly into his world.
New titles reviewed in October/November 2018
New Picture Book titles reviewed include:
Under 5’s Category
Three charming and witty fable-like picture books from award-winning Faroese artist, author and illustrator Bárđur Oskarsson, translated by Marita Thomsen - Dog, Cat and Mouse, The Tree and Wilbert (Darf Children’sBooks)
Hey, Who’s in the Loo? is a hilarious picture book by award-winning Dutch author and illustrator Harmen van Straaten with the clear rhyming text adeptly translated into English by Laura Watkinson. (Red Robin Books)
Stories of the Night by world-renowned illustrator Kitty Crowther contains three magical stories that are perfect for reading aloud at bedtime. (Gecko Press)
Two appealing quirky picture books from Spanish author and illustrator Carles Porta, translated by Daniel Hahn, in the Tales from the Hidden Valley series - The Artists and Hello Mister Cold. (Flying Eye Books)
Little Wise Wolf is an enchanting tale by Dutch author Gijs van der Hammen and illustrator Hanneke Siemensma, translated by Laura Watkinson, about a little wolf who comes to realise that he may not be as wise as he thinks he is. (Book Island)
Non-fiction Amazing Animal Babies is a visual feast from Spanish designer and illustrator Anita Bestard using delicate illustrations overlaid on transparencies that shows the miracle of birth and new life in the animal kingdom. (Thames & Hudson)
The Yark turns on its head the traditional monster stories. He’s a blood-thirsty child-eating monster and a discerning gourmet. This is a funny and somewhat dark tale from French author and scriptwriter Bertrand Santini, translated by Antony Shugaar with black and white Victorian Gothic style illustrations by graphic designer Laurent Gapaillard’s perfectly compliment this suspenseful and darkly humorous story. (Gecko Press)
The Glass of Lead and Gold is a short novella from master fantasy writer Cornelia Funke. She returns to the Mirrorworld and Londra – a mirror image of Victorian London – in her new Christmas tale which works perfectly as a stand-alone story. (Pushkin Children’s Books)
The Raven’s Children - Set in Russia in 1938 during Joseph Stalin’s Great Terror, Shura and his siblings live with their parents in two rooms of a communal apartment in Leningrad. When Shura’s parents mysteriously disappear he overhears one of his neighbour’s whisper that ‘The Black Raven’ came to take them away. Inspired by her own family’s experiences, Russian author Yulia Yakovleva’s novel, translated by Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp, is adept at presenting disturbing experiences by way of using magical realism to deal with what is a profoundly painful part of twentieth century Russian history. (Puffin Books)
Breaking Down Stereotypes Through Children's Books Outside In World Publishes Reading The Way 2 Project Report
Leading UK and international artists including former children’s laureate Julia Donaldson, illustrator Jane Ray, translator Daniel Hahn and Syrian author Nadine Kaadan, recently joined forces with book organisation Outside in World (OIW) on Reading the Way 2 (RtW2), an innovative workshop project to explore a selection of inclusive and accessible books from around the world. OIW now hopes this valuable project will help to enrich the book landscape with improved inclusion of disabled children, and more books in translation being published in the UK.
Julia Donaldson, former Children’s Laureate and best-selling children’s author, comments:
"I have always been keen for children’s books to be as inclusive and accessible as possible, so I was delighted to be involved in the Reading the Way 2 project, visiting a school with a high number of deaf pupils. It would be good if children in special schools could have a wider range of books and audio books, and for there to be more books in Braille and videos of BSL stories available.”
Reading the Way 2 Report Press Release 17.01.18
You can read the full report here or click to download the pdf.
Reading the Way 2 Final Report Jan17
Outside In World Celebrated its tenth Anniversary in 2017
We celebrated our tenth anniversary in 2017 and created a range of book lists from different years, as well as a whole range of other book selections created from our database.
Book from 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 and 2011
Themed lists include:
Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation past winners 1996-2015
Ten Board Books
Ten Fantasy Series
Three part article on historical fiction written about the First and Second World Wars
Importance of History: Part I featuring ten authors writing about Germany and Austria
Importance of History: Part 2 featuring ten authors writing about France, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands and Turkey.
Laura Davies tells Outside In World why she is such a fan of Tiny Owl books in her fascinating article and book reviews.
Reading the Way2'
A new project from Outside In World – Reading the Way2 will use a range of noteworthy children’s books from around the world to give young people a real voice about how to improve the accessibility and inclusion of all children in books.
Supported by Arts Council England and the Unwin Charitable Trust, it will work with UK and international authors and illustrators and translators including: Holly Bourne, Susie Day, Julia Donaldson, Jane Ray, Italian author Rosa Tiziana Bruno, Syrian author/illustrator Nadine Kaadan and award-winning translator Daniel Hahn. Activity will take place in a selection of mainstream and special schools in the form of workshop-based projects. Each project will involve the school exploring one or more inclusive and/or accessible books from around the world.
The project builds on the successful Reading the Way project (run by Outside In World in 2014-15) which identified a range of accessible/inclusive books from around the world and proved that such books could provide vital material and learning to enrich the UK book landscape. The research provided valuable data and recommendations identifying new and innovative ways of producing books to meet all children’s needs.
Reading the Way2 will act on some of these recommendations, by working with selected schools to look practically at how such books could be enhanced for UK publication, but also how these books could be used in any school to discuss issues such as inclusion, equality, translation and world cultures.
Now more than ever, there is a need for activity such as this which aims to broaden horizons and enhance cross-cultural understanding. It is also hoped that the project will increase awareness of children’s books in translation and the likelihood of more translated books being published in future.
See article in The Bookseller
A Decade in Children's Literature in Translation (2005 - 2014)
For World Book and Copyright day on 23rd April 2016 Deborah Hallford Co-Founder of Outside In World reflects on what has happened in Children's Literature over the last ten years.
Decade of Children's Literature in Translation, 2016
New Research into 'Inclusive and Accessible' Children's Books from Around the World
Outside In World aims to help change the future of inclusive and accessible books with the launch of its new research findings.
Disability is a disturbingly under-represented area in children’s literature and many more inclusive and accessible books are needed. The results of our ground-breaking 'Reading the Way' project, undertaken in 2014/15 with funding from Arts Council England, Unwin Charitable Trust and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, shows that books from around the world have a wealth of new perspectives on disability and new ways to access stories to offer UK children. As well as highlighting many potential candidates for UK publication, the consultation has generated valuable learning points and good practice to help the UK shape children’s books of the future.
See the Guardian Children's Book Website blog and gallery of inclusive books 8th December
Reading the Way Press Release Nov 2015
Reading the Way: A Translation Challenge - Video extracts of Seminar held at the London Book Fair in April 2015
Click on the PDF below to download the seminar report.
OIW RtW LBF Seminar Report 2015
Reading the Way, translating the Way: Finding and translating books for ALL children - Report of Seminar held at the International Bologna Children’s Book Fair in April 2015.
See the message from Austrian writer, Franz-Joseph Huainigg shared a message from him.
Click on the PDF below to download the seminar report.
OIW RtW BCBF Seminar Report 2015
Visit the 'Reading the Way' pages to find out more about the project.