Monday, May 23, 2011
Three words: pure eye-candy! When I first picked up this book, I thought it must have been published in the '40s or early '50s. Nope! What we have here, my friends, is graphic artist's delight, published in France in 2009 and then published in the USA in 2010, that parents will enjoy as much as their children, if not more so.
This write-up, straight from the publisher's website, describes my exact experience:
A visually stunning meditation on the seasons, this book invites the reader to explore weather and the passing of time through strongly evocative images and curious associations.
Using objects, landscapes, activities and different types of people associated with each season (e.g. a skier, a swimmer, fruit pickers), Blexbolex explores the cyclical nature of time, rendering the seasons in a fresh way through the imaginative leaps and puzzle-like play that relate the different images to each other.
The purpose of this book is to encourage observation of the world, and thereby to spur on the reader to form all sorts of logical and imaginative associations having to do with the seasons, memory and the cycles of time.
SEASONS is the result of a beautiful vision matched with great talent. It is an intimate book as well as a book that is ideal for sharing within a family, a classroom, or among friends.
We hope this book will accompany each of you -- its readers -- for a long time in your ceaseless discovery and rediscovery of the world.
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Born in France in 1966, Blexbolex entered art school with the intention of becoming a painter, but left having discovered his talents as a silk-screen artist. He works both as an illustrator and a comic book artist. His work, which is inspired by vintage design, mixes old printing methods with new interpretations and techniques. An illustrator of graphic genius, he received the prestigious Golden Letter Award in 2009 for best book design throughout the world.
I will note that the Mister and I thought there were a few random illustrations.