For his birthday, Pablo receives exactly what he doesn’t want: a chair. Disappointed and angry, he locks himself in his room, determined not to sit on his new chair. But he starts to play around with it and, by the end of the day, becomes a chair acrobat. Pablo sets out into the world, performing in amazing places and drawing great crowds. Eventually, he returns, chair in hand, having learned that the greatest gifts aren’t always the most obvious and often lie in our imagination.
The simple, hand-drawn images; coloured with a brush and ink, give the story a vivid, graphic look and perfectly compliment the story. Take a peek:
Pablo and His Chairis avibrant, high-design picture book with a gentle message of self-discovery and the power of imagination:a must have for your little one’s library.
Can you believe it is already August? Where has this year gone? What did you pick for your July reading challenge? The Cure For Dreaming went down a treat here at A&CB HQ (naturally, Cat Winters is an incredible author).
So from YA to graphic novels; this August we want you to pick-up a graphic novel. A&CB recommends Irmina by Barbara Yelin.
In the mid-1930s, Irmina, an ambitious young German, moves to London. At a cocktail party, she meets Howard Green, one of the first black students at Oxford, who, like Irmina, is working towards an independent existence. However, their relationship comes to an abrupt end when Irmina, constrained by the political situation in Hitler’s Germany, is forced to return home. As war approaches and her contact with Howard is broken, it becomes clear to Irmina that prosperity will only be possible through the betrayal of her ideals.
In the award-winning Irmina, Barbara Yelin presents a troubling drama about the tension between integrity and social advancement. Based on a true story, this moving and perceptive graphic novel perfectly conjures the oppressive atmosphere of wartime Germany, reflecting with compassion and intelligence on the complicity that results from the choice, conscious or otherwise, to look away.
Help us spread the #JoyOfReading, let us know what graphic novel you pick using #ACBookClub.
Welcome to the Abrams & Chronicle Book Club! We are very excited to share our love of books (and some of our lovely books) with you all. To kick off this brand new project we are setting a reading challenge. We have been so good this January, sticking to our new years resolutions and some of us have even persevered with Dry January! With February right around the corner we are determined to hold onto the good vibrations (starts humming The Beach Boys). So our January Book Club Reading Challenge is to read a book that will keep your “New Year, New You” spirit soaring.
Our suggestion? Brett Blumenthal’s 52 Small Changes for the Mind.
Small changes work. In this practical book, wellness expert Brett Blumenthal reveals how to hone in on the mind as the foundation of overall health and well-being. She presents one small, achievable change every week—from developing music appreciation to eating brain-boosting foods, practicing mono-tasking, incorporating play, and more. The accumulation of these lifestyle changes ultimately leads to improved memory, less stress, increased productivity, and sustained happiness. Backed by research from leading experts and full of helpful charts and worksheets, 52 Small Changes for the Mind provides a road map to a better life—and proves that the journey can be as rewarding as the destination.
We shall become calm and controlled (and not just on our yoga mats!).
Let’s celebrate the #joyofreading! Let us know what you pick to read using #ACBookClub.
Plus, come find us on Twitterto enter our first A&C Book Club GIVEAWAY*! To kick off we are giving away three Literary Listography Journals. The perfect place to note down your A&C Book Club activity!
Offer limited to residents of Europe. Competition closes 12pm Friday 12th February. Giveaway limited to three copies of Literary Listography. Limited one entry per person. Not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, postage due, or misdirected requests.