Farewell to all that technology……

Today is Remembrance Sunday and I thought about a school visit I did, talking to some children about picture books and that type of thing. One little girl asked me about The Frank Show which is a book about a boy whose grandfather is a source of some embarrassment to him, until he learns a little about Frank's life.

The girl pointed to the picture below and asked me what type of phone Frank was using. I said it wasn't a phone but a hearing aid to help him hear things better. And she said that if he had a phone he could show people pictures about his life instead of telling stories all the time.

I had to agree with her. But Frank was probably too busy to take pictures during the war because he was a soldier and had lots of more important things to do. She thought that hearing aids were a good idea.

I like how pictures can generate questions as well as make statements about things. Someone told me that children born this century don't recognise a dial-telephone. If they see it they can ask, is my opinion. It keeps them thinking and asking and learning.

Frank wouldn't be patient enough to work a smartphone anyway.

Bluetooth bypassed Frank.

Bluetooth bypassed Frank.

Shouldn't you be working?…

Nothing to see here. 

A Dog With Nice Ears launched…

A Dog with Nice Ears was launched in Battersea Park, in earshot of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and a stone's throw from the Chelsea Hospital. Lauren Child stood on a chair and spoke to the baying crowd. There was a professional dog show where a small dog put a tiny load of washing into a minuscule washing machine. I've never seen such a thing in my life before then, but I swear it happened.

If you like dogs, have thought about getting a dog, or have a vivid imagination, you might like this book too.

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lauren child book launch

The Mediterranean…

Armin Greder's new book The Mediterranean is another impressive observation of the risks displaced people take to make a better life. See Armin's books The Island and Flight, and you'll see what I mean. 

Wordless – apart from an opening sentence – the pictures tell a backstory that is familiar but often forgotten by others when refugees arrive in a foreign place. Or at least try.

The dramatic lighting in the photos of the book is unintentional. Believe me, it's not needed.