Books by Alain Serres

I HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE A CHILD by Alain Serres
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2012

"Provocative and guaranteed to spark awareness of children's rights. (note on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; list of states party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) (Picture book. 4-7)"
From the bold opening assertion, "I am a child with eyes, hands, a voice, a heart, and rights," to the urgent closing plea, "We need our rights to be respected now—today," this primer invites young readers to think about their universal rights as children as embodied in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Read full book review >
AND PICASSO PAINTED GUERNICA by Alain Serres
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

This very sophisticated biography/art book introduces youngsters to the life of Pablo Picasso via his masterpiece Guernica, one of the most significant paintings of the 20th century. The huge mural was created in the white heat of anger and despair, both cri de coeur and call to action, and mourned the Spanish city that was nearly annihilated by Fascist bombing during the Spanish Civil War. The handsome book design echoes the palette Picasso employed for the painting (grays, whites and blacks) with a few touches of green and red. The book's ample trim size (10 1/2" x 13 1/2") assures a striking impact. Serres' simple, declarative, almost poetic text weaves information and commentary together with speculation about Picasso's thinking about the event and his painting. The fascinating inclusion of many preparatory drawings that preceded Picasso's work on his seminal painting—which is displayed in an ample double gatefold—adds mightily to readers' understanding of the creative process. A wealth of factual information is communicated in the book's captions, but it's a shame there is no glossary. Impressive nevertheless. (Nonfiction. 9 & up)Read full book review >