November 03, 2015

Carmen Chica / Manuel Marsol: O Tempo Do Gigante

Today I read in the publisher's newsletter that "O Tempo Do Gigante" has been awarded at the Comic Festival Amadora BD in the category Best Children's Book Illustration! I have to admit I was a bit sceptical when I first saw the cover and booktrailer. I couldn't classify the book's style. But the deeper I delve into it the more I loved it. "The Giant's Time" is a very poetic and atmospheric picturebook. It's about the passage of time, about memory and the little things that happen around us without us noticing it. Kids might miss the storyline. The text says again and again that nothing happens. That's not exactly what children want to hear ... Nonetheless this book draws the reader under its spell by its sensitive illustrations and slow pace. Look at the clouds, the growing tree on the giant's head and the little details together with the different angles the giant is shown up close and in the distance! Just brilliant.

Manuel Marsol's illustrations have also been awarded by the Iberoamerican Catalogue of Illustration. More about the Spanish illustrator here and here. "O Tempo Do Gigante" is his second picture book. It has been published by Portuguese publishing house Orfeu Negro in July. Take a look at their catalogue with some of the finest illustrators worldwide.

Here Manuel Marsol talks about the creation of his great debut "Ahab y la Ballena Blanca" (published by Edelvives in Spanish, in Portuguese by Orfeu Negro in 2016).