Pinch Me!

Pinch Me!

Ilustrated by Daniela Martagón | Age 6 and up | Traje de Lobo , 2018

What if life is a dream? An illusion? Or a good old story? If you pinch yourself and it hurts, does that prove that you are not dreaming?

Can we trust our senses? If our eyes sometimes trick us, might they always trick us? How do we know that the world is as we perceive it and not as a fly or a dog sees it?

If you could connect to a machine that made you live and feel only good things, would you want to connect to it forever?

What is real? And what is not so real?

What do you think?

Age 6 and up

A playfully serious  and seriously playful invitation to think about reality, imagination and dream

 

Topics: Reality, Imagination, Dream, Memory, The Senses, Perception, Fiction/Reality, Real/Pretend, reliable information, Real/Virtual, Philosophy for Children.

Genre: Inquiry Literature, Philosophy-fiction (phi-fi).

Half-way between a book and a game, Pinch Me! comes in a box and invites readers aged eight and over (adults too!) to think about reality, imagination and dream in a way that is both serious and seriously fun.

Part of the critically acclaimed Wonder Ponder, Visual Philosophy for Children series, Pinch Me! is designed for children to look at, read and think playfully about by themselves, accompanied by an adult or in a group, in educational, play or family contexts.

Contents

  • 14 illustrated scenes.
  • More than 100 carefully worded questions designed to spark a rich and well-oriented reflection without leading it to pre-established conclusions.
  • 3 blank cards for readers to design their own philosophical scenes and pose their own questions.
  • Brief guide for children and adults. Ideas for wonderpondering. Suggestions for use.
  • A-3 thematic poster.

The Wonder Ponder Visual Philosophy for Children series
Wonder Ponder introduces readers to philosophy’s big questions in a way that is playful and appealing.
Engaging scenes and intriguing questions prompt reflection and discussion, encouraging children to develop their own thoughts and arguments and to build a visual and conceptual map of the issue addressed in each box.

 

Wonder Ponder Visual Philosophy for Children in the Media

Different, in its daringness, to other works I’ve seen of philosophy for children. The visual identity is that of a cheeky, misbehaving, imaginative child. Brilliant provocativeness. Clémentine Beauvais, An Awfully Big Blog Adventure

Wonder Ponder’s playful and thought-provoking titles bring the brain-bending experience of philosophical thinking into the school, playground and home. Anna Ridley, The Look Book, Editor for Tate Publishing (kids) and Thames Hudson.

[About Cruelty Bites] The reason why Cruelty Bites is so stunning and so much fun, the reason why it combines play and horror so wisely, and the reason it moves with such ease from one to the other, is because its authors look at the world through children’s eyes. El País, Babelia cultural supplement

[About Cruelty Bites] Cruelty Bites, the first in the Wonder Ponder Visual Philosophy for Children series, breaks the mould with an entirely new kind of stimulus that can be used at the dinner table as effectively as in the classroom. The Philosophy Club (Australia)

[About I, Person] Books like I, Person suggest a different concept of childhood, a different concept of adulthood and a different concept of Reading. (…) Babelia, El País supplement

An innovative proposal that opens up dialogue as a form of knowledge and helps us delve into the mysteries that make us who we are. (…) A must-read. El Cultural, El Mundo.

[About Whatever You Want] Is feeling free the same as being free? Choices, decisions, rules, responsibility… there are many concepts that come into play and the reader is invited to explore them playfully by stepping into the shoes of all these characters. El Mundo, El Cultural supplement