June 22, 2016

Catarina Sobral: Tao Tao Grande / So So Big

As you might know I'm a huge fan of Catarina Sobral's picture books. Her newest one has been published in May by Orfeu Negro once again.

"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect-like creatur." – that's how Franz Kafka's famous novella "Die Verwandlung" (The Metamorphosis) begins. In "Tao Tao Grande" Samuel woke up to find himself transformed into a gigantic hippopotamus. How could he go to school? He was a hippo! He has a moustache! What was going to happen next?

Most of all I like the many details to discover drawn with quick coloured pencils strokes, the charming story about growing up, the unusual perspectives and the vivid typography. And take a look at the shadows! And the endpapers!

I wrote about Catarina Sobral's award-winning books before here and here and here and ...

June 06, 2016

MAKI minimag

The first issue of MAKI minimag is out! I'm glad to be one of the contributors. Want to see more? This way to finefinestuff.com!