The Cultural Center's Reading Club for young book lovers, hosted by the theater educator Artemis Manou, gets together once again in November.
The book that will inspire this month’s meeting is "Isidore and the moon" by George Panagiotakis.
Our young readers will have the chance to share their impressions, feelings and thoughts, as well as to travel, using their imagination as the vehicle and the book of the month as their launch pad, into the exciting worlds that spring up from its pages.
"In words, Isidore. That's where the magic is!"
It's the best, the most important job in the world. Little Isidore's big dream: to have his turn looking after the invisible rope of the moon. To patrol the rooftop tirelessly, and tug on the rope with his hand, to make sure it's securely tied... Bella does it every night! The wizard Livorno, however, always tells him no. He's terrified that the knot will come undone and the moon will drift away. And then, goodbye world. The caliph will take no pity on them. But Isidore has made his mind up. He will be the keeper of the moon, no matter what. For a night. If only for one night...
An imaginative adventure that describes the battles that need to be fought, sometimes, to make our world fair and bright. A philosophical fairy tale that talks about stories and words - their charm, and their power to transport people, to bring out their beauty and to "save" them and the world we live in.
When George K. Panagiotakis was little, he used to say he'd become an explorer or an author. But when he grew up, he ended up working in film and television. He worked as a feature writer for magazines and websites, and wrote scripts for films and video games. And, in the end, he did become an author. He liked stories with happy endings, although he admits there are some merits in other stories, too. He has written the books The secret of the Unfortunate Trout or the Bible of Doubt, The wonderful adventure of Frantzolakis, Microcosm, Alastra - The book of the two worlds, Isidore and the moon, and the series "Mischief in the Classroom" and "The Bizarre Creatures Club". He is a two-time recipient of the Anagnostis magazine literary prize, and has been added to the Munich International Youth Library's White Ravens list. He has also been awarded the State Literary Prize for When they came for me, the second book in "The Bizarre Creatures Club" series, and the prize of the Circle of Greek Children's Books - Greek Section of IBBY for Isidore and the moon.
The Reading Club hostess:
Artemis Manou completed her undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Philology (majoring in Linguistics) of the University of Athens School of Philosophy, and gained a Master’s Degree in Teaching Modern Greek as a Foreign/Second Language; she also attended the Vasilis Diamantopoulos School of Drama. Having spent several years working in private education and as an actor, in 2009 she combined her love for theater and children as a facilitator and director of theater groups. She has worked with the Onassis Foundation Stegi on the Youth Theater Festival, writing plays and staging performances for teenagers, and was a contributor in the experiential learning program “Contemporary Art: first you live… then you understand” held by the Onassis Stegi in primary schools, where she organized, along with Jenny Argyriou, Andreas Kasapis and Myrto Tikov, creative expression workshops based on stimuli from contemporary art. Since 2017, she runs workshops for children, teenagers and education professionals at the National Theater. She has written a total of 15 plays for young people. The National Theater’s program “Theater in Greek”, addressed to Greek and refugee teenagers, holds a special place in her heart. Her play “To Taxidi”, which she co-wrote with Vangelis Kyriakou, was included in the repertoire of the Young People’s Stage of the National Theater (“Mikro Ethniko”) in 2018. She was born and lives in Athens. But she dreams of living in many more places – along with her family.
Pre-meeting activities for the children
What would you say is Isidore's greatest strength? How could we capture him and his strength in a picture? Give it a try.
Write down a few words that you remember from reading the book (or, if you find that hard, just write some words that you like) and then use them to make a poem that we will read during our meeting!
Sunday 21/11 | 17.00-18.15
For children aged 7 to 10 years old
Up to 22 participants
Free participation by online pre-registration
Preregistration starts on Monday 01/11 at 12.00
To take part in the Reading Club, all registered participants are required to read the book of the month.
Isidore and the moon by George Panagiotakis is available by Patakis Books, with illustrations by Vasilis Koutsogiannis.
As part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center's collaboration with the National Library of Greece, the children's book for November's Reading Club has been chosen by NLG staff members.
Kids up to 11 years old will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 self test result, taken within the last 24 hours from the webpage selftesting.gov.gr or a certificate of recovery valid from 2 to 6 months after the illness. Kids aged 12 and above will be required to show a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate or certificate of recovery.
Due to public health measures, there may be changes regarding either the staging of the event, or the maximum number of participants.
The use of face mask and social distancing measures are mandatory in indoor and outdoor areas of the SNFCC, in accordance with Hellenic National Public Health Organization regulations.
Children should always be accompanied by parents or adult chaperones, who should stay outside the activity area for as long as the activity lasts.