Kirkus, September 2021. - Ideal for those inevitable times when friends and loved ones are far away.
Beginning with an illustration of a child atop a lighthouse searching the seas through a spyglass and ending with the lighthouse’s beacon of love shining out into the night, this rhyming text sends an optimistic message of patient and enduring love... more
L'Orient-Le Jour, November 2020. - En trois ans, cette auteure et éditrice d’ouvrages anglophones pour enfants de 7 à 77 ans a déjà publié plusieurs opus, dont le dernier « I’ll Love You from Afar » (« Je t’aimerai de loin »), qui vient de paraître, est une tendre ode à l’amour en temps de coronavirus et de distanciation...... more
English translation can be found here
Annahar English, June 2020. - Today marks the day Andrews McMeel Publishing will be releasing its edition of ‘55 slightly sinister stories’ by Lebanese author Racha Mourtada. In this issue of Carpe Diem, and with permission from the original publishing house, five of the stories included in Mourtada’s book will be shared with the section’s readers, as a sneak peek into the world this talented Lebanese author has designed within the pages of her writing.... more
Amazon, May 2020 - So good! We want a sequel please! A review by my 7 year old: It’s exciting because I know about most of the animals, but there were some new ones. It was so nice that we could have some of them as pets. Did you know that gibbons can be pets? I’d love one. I liked the facts as though I knew a bit about the animals you told me more details like the hairs on the feet of Geccos. I wish there were facts about horses as horses are my favourite animals... more
Goodreads, April 2020 - The author has outdone herself in narrowing down a story to its essential idea, at the same time making sure that it does not lose its poignancy. Each story in 55 Slightly Sinister Stories is only 55 words long, yet the stories are still amusing, inspiring and thought provoking. This is a mighty task to accomplish in just 1 or 2 short paragraphs. Rejected lovers, dismayed spouses and embittered writers come alive in a few exceptionally planned out lines. More
The National, July 2019 - “Apparently the shortest story ever written is six words long,” says Racha Mourtada. “That story was supposedly written by Hemingway – but then they debunked that. I think the story is: ‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn.’ It’s like a novel in a sentence.”
Mourtada has spent a lot of time thinking about how a story can be distilled down to its essence... more
Daily Star Lebanon, June 2019 - “I don’t know why, but every time I say ‘adult book,’ it makes it sound like something X-rated,” Racha Mourtada joked, “but it’s not!”
Mourtada's '55 slightly sinister stories' marks the first foray of Luqoom, the children's book publishing house, into adult literature, in the form of bite-size tales of a darker nature... more
You can access the syndicated version here
Instagram, November 2018
Book Title: عندما أكبر، أريد أن أكون
Author: مني القرعاوي
Age: 6-10 years
Rating out of 5: 🦁🦁🦁🦁🦁
Overview: Here’s 5 reasons why I absolutely LOVE this book! more
An-nahar, October 2018 - Drawing on her passion for children’s books, Racha Mourtada found herself leaving her job in Dubai, returning to her home country Lebanon, and soon enough opening her own boutique publishing house: Luqoom.
Podeo, July 21, 2020 - A conversation (in Arabic) with Creative Scene's Elyane Jabre about books, reading, founding Luqoom and the publishing scene in the Middle East.
55 stories. 55 words each. No more. No less.
Explore the wonderful ways animals move.
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