May 26, 2014

Karin Saler / Siri Ahmed Backström: Dom som är kvar

A wonderful new book published by Urax. It's in Swedish and I don't understand too much, but the illustrations by Siri Ahmed Backström have a very strong voice. The Swedish text is by Karin Saler. "Dom som är kvar" ("Those who are left") is a picture book about grief and how a family cope with the death of a beloved person. Every scene is very intense. A not too sentimental book that shows things as they are. Just as children's books should be.

More books by Stockholm-based illustrator Siri Ahmed Backström here.

Urax Forlag was founded by author/publisher Ellen Karlsson in 2012 and offers an exquisite range of children's book illustrators. Visit the Urax webshop and purchase your copy together with some more great classics and novelties like this one or that.

May 19, 2014

Benjamin Sommerhalder: Knigi

This book is so so good! You might know this charming ghost already from the English edition or from the publisher's website. The author/illustrator of "Knigi" is Benjamin Sommerhalder, founder of Nieves, the independent Zurich-based publishing house with a great catalogue and lots of artists' books and zines. I'm very happy to hold the new German edition in my hands and looking forward to reading it to my kids tonight. It's one of those graphically bold books with a timeless story that inspire children and adults alike. Purchase a copy here or here. The German edition has been published by Diogenes in Zurich. The English edition (published in 2011 by Nieves) is out of print unfortunately. You can try this.

The story is about a little ghost who received a book from his aunt. But the book contains only white pages. How could he enjoy this book? Knigi will reveal the secrets of the book of course and "a miraculous explosion of colors and shapes leapt out from the pages" when he finally starts reading...