Monet: Itinerant of Light – Salva Rubio

MonetMonet: Itinerant of Light by Salva Rubio

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: October 1st, 2017
Publisher: NBM Graphic Novels
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Graphic Biography, Art History, Life of a Painter, Impressionism


The life of the great French painter, one of the founders of Impressionism, is narrated in lush comic art reminiscent of his style. From the Salon des Refuses (“Salon of the Rejected”) and many struggling years without recognition, money, and yet a family to raise, all the way to great success, critically and financially, Monet pursued insistently one vision: catching the light in painting, refusing to compromise on this ethereal pursuit. It cost him dearly but he was a beacon for his contemporaries. We discover in this comics biography how he came to this vision as well as his turbulent life pursuing it. Continue reading

My Brigadista Year – Katherine Paterson

my brigadista yearMy Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: October 10th, 2017
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Historical Fiction, Cuba


In an engrossing historical novel, the Newbery Medal-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro’s national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read. Continue reading