Skrímsladómar hér og þar | Reviews on book blogs

Bókadómar: Bókadómar um skrímslabækurnar birtast alltaf af og til á vefnum, á hinum ýmsu tungumálum. Hér fyrir neðan eru vísanir í umfjöllun á spænsku, litháísku og úkraínsku, en það skal tekið fram að síðastnefnda greinin fjallar um Monsterbråk, sænsku Skrímslaerjur.
Book reviewsThe books from the monster series are reviewed now and again on various websites and in webzines. Below are links to reviews in Spanish, Lithuanian and Ukrainian.


ES_Los_monstruos_grandes_no Spænska: Canal Lector – er vefur fyrir kennara og bókasafnsfræðinga sem vinna með bækur á spænsku. Stór skrímsli gráta ekki fær þar fimm stjörnur. Sjá: Los monstruos grandes no lloran.
Spanish: Canal Lector, is a service for teachers, parents and librarians working with books in Spanish, and provides articles, interviews and reviews on their website. See five star review here: Los monstruos grandes no lloran.

★ „El monstruo grande no quiere jugar con el pequeño porque cree que éste hace todo mejor que él. Todo le sale genial: sus dibujos son más bonitos, recorta figuras perfectas e incluso sabe utilizar el mando de la televisión. El grande piensa que es patoso, que todo lo hace mal, y como ya es mayor no debe llorar. Pero hay algo que el monstruo pequeño no sabe hacer… ¡nadar! Por fin puede enseñarle algo. Libro sencillo y directo, de ilustraciones coloristas y divertidas, y en el que se resaltan los valores que acompañan a la amistad.“ http://www.canallector.com


Litháíska: Í vefritinu NE!-LitDideli-pab-LitSkaitome vaikams eru myndbækur fyrir börn gagnrýndar. Þar er birt grein um skrímslabækurnar tvær: Nei! sagði litla skrímslið og Stór skrímsli gráta ekki. Greinin birtist áður í ritinu Artuma, 2015 Nr. 6. Sjá nánar hér
LithuanianThe book blog Skaitome vaikams  reviews picture books for children. The two titles in Lithuanian: No! Said Little Monster and Big Monsters Don’t Cry are reviewed on the site. The article was also published in the magazine Artuma, 2015 Nr. 6. Read more here.

„Apie iliustracijas dera pakalbėti atskirai. Jos tipiškai minimalistinio skandinaviško dizaino (atliktos mišria aplikacijos technika, papildomai kai kurias detales išpiešiant ant viršaus), labai stambios, ekspresyvios. Objektyviai vertinant Lietuvos knygų rinkos kontekste – tai disonuojanti stilistika, mūsų akiai neįprastas net jų koloritas (dera nuraminti, kad antroji knygelė – gerokai spalvingesnė), tad ne visus tėvus knygos „įtikins“ savo vizualumu. Ir visgi – surizikuoti verta.“ – Rūta Lazauskaitė – Skaitome vaikams.

Meira um útgáfuna á litháíska leikskóla-vefnum ikimokyklinis.lt | More on: Mažasis Pabaisiukas sako NE! and Dideli pabaisiukai neverkia.


NorskMonsterbrakweb Úkraínska: Vefurinn Букмоль, er bókmenntaverkefni og barnabókmenntavefur sem m.a. er haldið úti af úkraínsku fræðafólki í Svíþjóð. Þar er fjallað um Skrímslaerjur eða Monsterbråk á sænsku og lesa má hér: Монстри посварилися.

UkrainianThis Ukrainian book project and book blog: Букмоль, is founded by Ukrainian speaking scholars in Sweden. The Swedish version of Monster Squabbles gets its review here: Монстри посварилися.

„На це натякає фінал книжки, лишаючи читача втішеним і впевненим у тому, що він має право помилятися, пробачати і бути пробаченим.“  – Букмоль – http://www.bokmal.com.ua

Bókadómar á Spáni | New book reviews in Spain

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♦ BókadómarÁ spænsku barnabókmenntasíðunni Pekeleke má lesa tvo nýlega dóma um útgáfur Sushi books á fyrstu skrímslabókunum tveimur: Monstruo pequeño dice ¡NO! (Nei! sagði litla skrímslið) og Los monstruos grandes no lloran (Stór skrímsli gráta ekki). Eftir því sem ég kemst næst er góður rómur gerður að bókunum. Umfjöllunina má finna með með því að smella á tenglana í bókatitlunum hér fyrir ofan.

“Son dos álbumes ilustrados sensibles, con los que los niños se sentirán fácilmente identificados, y que nos hablan de empatía y de la necesidad de expresar nuestros sentimientos.” – Pekeleke.

♦ Book reviewsThe children’s literature site Pekeleke in Spain reviews the two first books in the Monster series, published by Sushi booksMonstruo pequeño dice ¡NO! (No! Said Little Monster) og Los monstruos grandes no lloran (Big Monsters Don’t Cry). Click on links in the book titles to read the very nice reviews by Pekeleke.

Sushi book published the books in four languages: Spanish (Castilian), Galician, Catalan and Basque languages. Sushi Books is an imprint of the publisher Rinoceronte.
English translation of all eight books in the series are available. For further information, contact Forlagid Rights Agency.

Skrímslin í Bookbird | Reviews in Bookbird

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♦ Bókadómar. Í síðustu tveimur tölublöðum af Bookbird: a Journal of International Children’s Literature er að finna dóma um spænsku þýðingarnar af bókunum Nei! sagði litla skrímslið og Stór skrímsli gráta ekki. Í tímaritinu hefur áður birst bókadómur um skrímslin tvö og var þá Skrímsli á toppnum til umfjöllunar. Dómarnir um skrímslabækurnar þrjár eru á ensku og má lesa hér neðar á síðunni.

Bookbird er gefið út af IBBY, International Board on Books for Young People og Johns Hopkins University PressHér má finna eldri árganga tímaritsins, allt frá árinu 1963.

♦ Book reviews. In the last two issues of Bookbird: a Journal of International Children’s Literature there are nice reviews of the Spanish editions of the first two books in the Monster series: ¡No!, dijo el pequeño monstruo and Los monstruos grandes no lloran. A review of Monster at the Top has been published earlier. Bookbird is an academic journal that publishes articles on children’s literature with an international perspective. It is published jointly by the Johns Hopkins University Press on behalf of the International Board on Books for Young People. Other links: Online archive. Online access.

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“No!” said the Little Monster
Text: Áslaug Jónsdóttir, Rakel Helmsdal, Kalle Güettler. Illustrations: Áslaug Jónsdóttir.

“With vivid and emotionally evocative illustrations, “No!”, said the Little Monster brings to life the struggle between staying silent when a friend does something wrong, or speaking up and risking the friendship. When the big monster comes over to play, the little monster runs through a list of all the times in the past when his friend has caused damage or hurt others’ feelings and the little monster hadn’t dared to say anything. The litany of past frustrations gives him the courage to say “No!” this time, prompting an unexpected reaction from his friend. The importance of speaking up is portrayed with just the right mix of humor and seriousness, in a way that both children and adults can enjoy. As a part of a larger series, including a companion book called Big Monsters Don’t Cry, it also shows the different perspectives inside a friendship and how one situation can be perceived very differently. This book can be a starting place for a conversation about why friends might do things that feel hurtful and how important it is to speak up for core values, reinforcing that conflict can even strengthen friendships.”
– Deena Hinshaw. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature Volume 51, Number 4, October 2013

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Big Monsters Don’t Cry 
Text: Áslaug Jónsdóttir, Rakel Helmsdal, Kalle Güettler. Illustrations: Áslaug Jónsdóttir.

Los monstruos grandes no lloran goes to the heart of childhood insecurities in competition with friends. The pressure felt by the character of the big monster, who feels inadequate whenever he plays with his friend the little monster, is the dual burden of being unable to measure up to his friend’s abilities coupled with the conviction that he must not reveal his feelings of inadequacy. When he is brought to the breaking point by the little monster’s laughter at the actions of his father, he finds out that his tears are an opening to discussing his real feelings with his friend. Not only does this prompt a deepening of the friendship, but also an opportunity for the little monster to share some of the things he admires about the big monster, and a chance for the big monster to teach skills he possesses. The bold illustrations convey the emotions behind the story and bring the words to life. As a part of larger series, including a companion book called “No! Said the Little Monster”, it also shows the different perspectives inside a friendship and the way that the same situation can be perceived very differently by the individuals involved. This book is an entertaining way to raise topics of conversation with children related to self-judgment and expressing emotions of vulnerability.”
– Deena Hinshaw. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature Volume 51, Number 2, April 2013

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Monster at the Top
Text: Áslaug Jónsdóttir, Rakel Helmsdal, Kalle Güettler. Illustrations: Áslaug Jónsdóttir.

“When Big Monster climbs to the top of a tall tree, he imagines he is on an adventurous journey to Monster Peak. As his tales get taller and taller, Little Monster feels left behind. What must a little monster do to get to the top? Fans of the award-winning Monster series will be delighted with this latest installment. The series highlights the friendship between two monsters who don’t always get along. Big Monster learns that he is not always right; Little Monster learns that although he is small, he can still hurt Big Monster’s feelings. Both discover a genuine sympathy for the other inspite of their differences and learn how to work together to overcome obstacles. The books, written collaboratively in Faroese, Swedish, and Icelandic, have been published internationally in ten countries. Jónsdóttir’s striking colors and broad strokes create an intense atmosphere, while the expressive faces of the monsters will thoroughly captivate and charm readers of all ages.”
– Tanja Nathanael. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature Volume 49, Number 3, July 2011

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