This week’s topic:
Top 5 books on my wishlist
(No matter what you celebrate in December, be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Hogmanay, Jolabokaflod, Koliada, Kwanzaa, Krampusnacht, Nikoldjan, Pancha Ganapati, St Lucia Day, St Nicholas Day, Winter Solstice, Yule, Erastide, Hogswatch, Festivus, Kaldoran, Snoggletog, Yulemas, Decemberween or Chrismukkah, tell us what books are on the top of your wishlist!!)
I have several books on my wishlist, but here are the ones that are at the top.
The Deep by Mayur Vayeda & Tushar Vayeda (illus.)
It’s a beautifully crafted picture book created using the Warli style of painting. The creators are from the indigenous Warli community in western India. I believe the book is about their experience travelling from the familiarity of their home all the way to Japan, and it also explores how water connects all life.
I learned about it from Jen Campbell in her recent beautiful books video. She quickly showed some pages from the book and I was immediately taken by it, wanting to get myself a copy. But (wow!) the price and the shipping cost! I’ll have to talk myself into getting it. The book is published by Tara Books, which produces beautiful handmade books.
Uzumaki by Junji Ito (illus.), transl. by Yuji Oniki
I’ve been searching high and low for a copy of this manga but am unable to find one to buy. Ugh!! Because of that, it’s high on my wishlist too. I REALLY want a copy.
Amazon River by Sangma Francis, illus. by Rômolo D’Hipólito
I love the picture books that children’s book publisher Flying Eye Books publishes and recently I’ve had my eye on Amazon River, which is described as an “illustrated guide to the world’s most famous river and its surrounding rainforest.” It looks like it’ll be packed with lots of vibrant, beautiful illustrations, and the cover is so stunning. I’d love to feature it on my shelves.
The Sister Who Ate Her Brother: And Other Gruesome Tales by Jen Campbell, illus. by Adam de Souza
This is Jen Campbell’s most recent collection of fairytales for middle grade readers. I’ve only read one of her books (the one about weird things customers say in bookshops) and have always wanted to try another. I love the cover of this one. It gives off such creepy vibes.
The Sky by Hélène Druvert (illus.) with text by Juliette Einhorn
Another stunning middle grade picture book featuring pop ups and laser cut-outs. I think I own two other books by Druvert that are also quite beautiful, so I’d love to add this one to my collection too. To see some gorgeous samples, check the older children section of this beautiful books list on Book Depository.