1. April 2011

Bologna treasures


As I promised here are my personal gems that I found at the bookfair in Bologna. Be prepared for a rather long post!

First is an awesome pop-up-book by the publisher Helium Editions, that became instantly one of my favourite publishing companies when I drooled over nearly every book at their fairstand.



»Dans la forêt du paresseux« is published by Helium Editions and illustrated by Anouck Boisrobert. She also illustrated Popville, where a town grows throughout the book.
In »Dans la forêt du paresseux« a rainforest is cleared, but a gardener's seeds bring it back.





Beautiful, isn't it? And here is a video, so you can better see how awesome it's constructed. With every turn of a page your mouth drops even more.





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And here comes the next book by Helium, the forest plays a role in it too.
»Adieu Chaussette« by Benjamin Chaud (if you find a page of him, please tell me!).
As much as I understand the French text, the story seems to be about a boy and his rabbit (with oh so cute ears!), whom he abandones in the woods, because a rabbit is just too boring as a pet, but soon he regrets it.



I like how Benjamin Chaud draws the forest and his characters are just too cute, especially this chubby rabbit.


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Helium book No.3 (as I said, I became a fan ;)
»Á quoi penses-tu?« by Laurent Moreau.



I like her style and I was thrilled by the use of paper flaps in the book. By turning them you can see what every person is thinking. One person thought of nothing, so there was just the blank space when you turned the flap. Great idea! See:






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*cough* Helium again, and another book by Laurent Moreau: »Les Beaux instants«.




A gorgeous colouring book with a beautiful use of blue and black.





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Collections of things popped up in the blogosphere a while ago, but more and more it seems to become a topic in children's book too. I found many books that were about certain collections and then had beautiful double spreads showing all the things side by side. One of them is »Sånt som er« by Svein Nyhus and published by Gyldendal.



Eli is collecting things and then puts them into categories, that are shown on the right side (like wet, old, hard etc.)




Here is an interesting blogpost (in Norwegian, I translated it with Google) by Svein Nyhus about developing the book.


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Another book, that I liked (and bought right away), has been »Miasteczko Mamoko« which has been made by the Czech designer duo Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielińscy. They founded a studio called »Hipopotamstudio« and already did some great books.



It has this quirky line style, that so reminds me of my Eastern European children's books that I had as a child. And since I like busy picture books anyway, it got high on my list. You can follow the characters throughout the pages and one can search for all the apples, that the turtle has lost because of a hole in her bag which she discovers at the first page.





By the way, is there an English word for the German »Wimmelbuch«? Does anyone know?


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And last but not least there is »Crazy Pic-Nic«, published by »Les apprentis rêveurs« and illustrated by Chamo.



The crazy picnic consists of a leporello that shows a picnic. The guests (e.g. a camel drinking lemonade through a straw and other cool characters) are stickers that the kid can apply to the scene.





»Les apprentis rêveurs« has some cool colouring posters too (e.g. by Magali Le Huche) which you can find here.

Have a nice weekend!

Kommentare:

  1. I'm loving this post! There were so many books in the fair that it's impossible to see them all... and it's interesting to compare what people saw!

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  2. Thanks Diana. Yes, it's overwhelming how many books there are and this is just a tiny selection of what I've seen and kept in mind. Would like to see what you've discovered Diana! :)

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  3. Wow, this is a great post! Thanks so much for sharing these!I particularly love "Miasteczko Mamoko"!

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  4. Wow, how quick are you? I just realized that I'm actually back in Cologne!!! Thanks for sharing those books, I didn't even see them! Wonderful concepts!

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  5. Hey Ina, thanks! I also loved the books by Helium when I saw them last year! Great to see their new publications through you! By the way, some books by Hipopotamstudio are published in Germany at Moritz Verlag.

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  6. looks like you picked a great selection! i'll have to check out some of those illustrators!

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  7. I saw the first one and I loved it! And I love Chaussette.
    Tahnk you for the info for my post!

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  8. Wow! A really good selection. I'd not heard of Helium before but I'll be looking out for them from now on. The pop-up book is amazing!

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  9. I really enjoyed seeing all that at Bologna, too— I am a fan of many of the same things! Especially HippopotamStudio. And especially especially Benjamin Chaud (I even named my cat after the character he created: Pomelo!)
    Great post!!

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