The Alchemist

November 10, 2011

Sendivogius Polonus who – according to a legend – turned a base metal into gold, in front of the Polish King Sigismund III. Beautifully illustrated by Pawel Pawlak.

Blumka’s Diary – A look inside

September 25, 2011


Blumka’s Diary

August 5, 2011

Blumka’s Diary, the newest book by Iwona Chmielewska, will be published on the 20th of Semptember, in two versions: a German one (Blumkas Tagebuch, Gimpel Verlag) and a Polish one (Pamiętnik Blumki, Media Rodzina). Here you can have a short look inside.


Ghosts In My House

July 19, 2011

As my fascination for Iwona Chmielewska won’t never cease… Her fantastic book Ghosts In My House (text: Dubravka Ugrešić), published by the Polish publishing house Znak (2010).


When we fall in

July 12, 2011


My newest fascina- tion: Sean Hayes and his When we fall in.

Blumka’s Diary – A Sneak Preview

June 2, 2011

Blumka’s Diary, written and illustrated by Iwona Chmielewska.  

The third picture in the first row exemplifies best how the ready pages will look like.

Please enlarge and delight the eye!

Blumka’s Wardrobe

June 1, 2011

Just yesterday arrived from Toruń this wonderful catalogue, collecting the whole "wardrobe" of Blumka’s Diary.

In this marvellous (I’m not promising too much!) picture book, Iwona Chmielewska is telling about Janusz Korczak’s famous Dom Sierot, from the viewpoint of  Blumka, a nine-year-old girl. The book not only describes the everyday life in an orphanage, but also shows what amazing things the Old Doctor was able to achieve thanks to his pedagogy of respect. A meaningful way to commemorate them all: the great pedagog, physician and author Janusz Korczak, his staff and the nearly 200 pupils who in 1942 lost their lives in Treblinka.

Blumka’s Diary will be published this autumn by Gimpel Verlag. The Polish edition will be presented by Media Rodzina at the Krakow Book Fair.

Books are like …

April 20, 2011

… lobster shells, we surround ourselves with ‘em, then we grow out of ‘em and leave ‘em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development. Dorothy L. Sayers


Out of the void

April 17, 2011

 The last of my priceless Korean trophies: Iwona Chmielewska’s Room in the Heart,  BIUM (text: Kwak Young Kwon), published by Agibooks.

Most beautiful moment

April 13, 2011

from the Prize Giving Ceremony: Iwona Chmielewska receiving her Bologna Ragazzi Award. Right at her side – the author of The House of The Mind: Maum, Kim Hee-Kyung

Look at all the smiling faces!