June 29, 2012

Marlene Reidel: Kasimirs Weltreise

I wrote about a book with illustrations by Marlene Reidel last week. And while doing a little research about her on google I found this pretty book republished by Annette Betz Verlag recently:

"Kasmirs Weltreise" won the "Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis" in 1958 and was chosen by the New York Times among the 10 Best Books in 1960. As I had to realize, with red Indians and yellow Chinese it is not at all politically correct ... however the story about a little boy traveling on the moon halfway around the world and the linocut pictures are still very charming.

June 27, 2012

CUT Magazine

Since one week out (for subscribers) - the new CUT Magazine

Wrote about the lovely DIY magazine before. Inside the current issue you will find as usual pattern sheets, new shops and a city tour (Amsterdam!), newcomer designers like Agi and Sam and lots of DIY tutorials, e.g. how to pimp up a tote bag (Jutebeutel - don't know the English word - cotton bag?).

Just read the article about trends: "Everybody thinks to be unique. But why do we all look the same?" Interesting, right?

To order the magazine (only in German), click here.

June 25, 2012

Geoff McFetridge

I first found out about very successful Los Angeles-based artist/illustrator Geoff McFetridge a few years ago via Nieves. The Swiss publishing house has published three books with him, unfortunately they are all out of print.

I should have ordered the wonderful "Recent Work" book (on the left, 16 pages, 2009) before with work which he has done for Spike Jonze's film adaption of the book "Where the Wild Things Are", look inside:

(Images: Nieves: Recent Work, It Looks Like A Smile, Bend the Void by Geoff McFetridge)

Then I saw his project for Nike, called Nike Dunks, lately on The Jealous Curator and I think, the original paintings (in total 40) are amazing, aren't they?

These paintings are from the solo show "Us As A Logo" one year ago in V1 Gallery, Copenhagen:

And so much more ... as stated in his biography"Instinctively ignoring creative boundaries McFetridge is a truely multidisciplinary artist, 'an all round visual auteur'. From poetry to animation, from graphics to 3D work, from textile and wallpaper to paintings, McFetridge has complete control over these widely divergent disciplines." Have a look at his great portfolio with wide-ranged work for corporate clients like Patagonia, Stüssy, Pepsi, MTV. Just to name the small ones. Not to forget his work as art director for Beastie Boys magazine "Grand Royal" in the 1990s.

June 22, 2012


Thought doing something for the environment would be great and subscribed to frankie magazine in digital form this week. Okay, another reason is that it's quite pricey to ship an Australian magazine to Europe. Over at the frankie website they offer 3 digital issues for 17.79  AUD (tax incl). That's fair, though I'm a little bit sad about not being able to hold the pull-out poster by Spanish illustrator Verónica de Arriba in my hands (more of her illustrations on www.depeapa.com).

(May/June 12)

(on the right: illustration by Verónica de Arriba)

(July/August 12)

Really like the "Jumpers gone wild" idea :) Photography: Natasha Cantwell

 The newest issue features Sabine Timm's work! 
(All pages: frankie magazine)

Don't get paid by frankie for making such a nice advertising post here btw. Maybe I should think about it, but for monetizing this blog my social media stats (heeere it goes to fine fine book's facebook page!) should be far better, right?

June 18, 2012

New old ones

Found the leporello above yesterday at the flea market. 

The book with children's songs is another lovely one from my childhood, but I'm not as old as it seems to be ;) The publishing date is 1961 ... maybe my parents got this book second hand as well, have to ask them, where it comes from.

The illustrations are by children's book author and artist Marlene Reidel. Just could not resist to order this one here (you can never have enough children's books, right?) - so stay tuned for one more, I will show you some pages here.

(Behringer/Feist/Mosbacher: Singen, Spielen, Tanzen, C. C. Buchners Verlag, 1961)

June 15, 2012

Katrin Stangl: Stark wie ein Bär

Hello everyone! It's me again with a book ;) Two weeks ago the Stiftung Buchkunst has announced the winners of "Die schönsten deutschen Bücher 2012" (most beautiful German books), among them fine ones by Jürg Schubiger/Rotraut Susanne Berner, Pétur Gunnarsson and Alexandra Klobouk.

My favourite is by Katrin Stangl. It calls "Stark wie ein Bär" (Strong like a bear) and contains 26 illustrations of proverbs with animals. Look at those wonderful colours and charming interpretations (this book works in all languages, I'm quite sure it will be published in other countries as well). Isn't it great?

Katrin was a master student of Prof. Volker Pfüller at the HGB in Leipzig and worked together in Brasil with famous artist Jose Francisco Borges (shame on me I've never heard of him before, his wood cut work is stunning!). She won already several awards and lives and works in Cologne. And there are some more fine books by her to discover, e.g. this one or that or some in French"Die Räuber von Toulouse" will be released in summer by Beltz & Gelberg.

For all German-speaking people here is an extract of the jury comment: "... Durch den vollflächigen und hervorragenden Farbdruck auf Naturpapier riecht das Buch (...) – und zwar nach Kindheit! Ein sehr starkes Bilderbuch mit zauberhaft plakativer Wirkung: Die Bilder erscheinen noch größer, als das Buch an Zentimetern eigentlich hergibt." 

You can purchase a copy here or here. Check out the publisher's website as well: www.carlsen.deKatrin is winner of the Troisdorfer Bilderbuchstipendium! Here it goes to the picture book museum, it's worth a browse, too.

June 11, 2012

New: FROH! Spiel

Spent the weekend reading the current issue of FROH! Magazin (called "Spiel" = game), shopping in IKEA with my 4-year-old in Smaland and watching football with all.

Above an illustration by Katrin Stangl. I have here a lovely picture book by her, which I'll show you this week as well :)

(Alphabet by Franca Neuburg)

Very nice, too, the "Spieltagebuch" (game diary).

Wrote about this great magazine before. To support the FROH! team please click here.

June 06, 2012

Eric Carle and Leo Lionni

Found these two fine books last week on a little flea market at our nursery and wanted to share them with you. The first book is a really cute one: "Die kleine Maus sucht einen Freund" (Do You Want to Be My Friend) by Eric Carle published by Gerstenberg. Sure you know "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".

... the second one is "Sechs Krähen" by Leo Lionni, published in German by Beltz & Gelberg. The American edition "Six Crows" was first published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1988. 

Just read about Leo Lionni, who was born in Holland, that he had been very successful in advertising in the United States, before he returned to Italy in the 1960s. There he began to work as a children's book author and illustrator - using a variety of collage techniques. He is the father of very famous "Frederick" and "Swimmy" and of course many more children's books: here.