Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights, or One Thousand and One Nights, whichever title one calls it by, has a long and complicated history which I shall not go into here (I would need a whole series of posts to do the subject justice) except to mention the one thing all versions and retellings have in …

Banned Books Week: The Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

Hardcover, 40 pages Published January 18th 1996 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1970) This tiny picturebook has received numerous awards. Among them: 1971 Caldecott Medal Book Notable Children’s Books of 1940—1970 (ALA) Best Books of 1970 (SLJ) Outstanding Children’s Books of 1970 (NYT) Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 1970 …

Book Review: Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near

Paperback, 432 pages Published June 3rd 2013 by Random House Australia Source: Personal copy Allyse Near’s debut novel, Fairytales for Wilde Girls, is a rollicking ride where creativity and imagination hold the reins. The novel follows the story of Isola Wilde who is a child of the Nimue which means …