'The best books, reviewed with insight and charm, but without compromise.'
- author Jackie French

Monday 21 February 2011

Review: Seasons

Oh, this is my kind of book. From one of my favourite publishers - New Zealand-based Gecko - comes this illustious tome of eye candy - Seasons.

Illustrated by famed French comic artist, Blexbolex, this stunning book has been created using his iconic layered screenprinting techniques and has been printed on lusciously thick, textured paper, giving the entire tome a heart-palpitatingly retro feel.

The author's first book was self-published. The book won the prestigious Leipziger Buchmess award for the most beautiful book of 2008. The beauty of the book was in its simplicity - offering a series of striking images, each labelled with just one or two words.

Similarly, Seasons showcases a series of striking images accompanied by just a single word or two, yet the meaning and the interpretation behind each image is jammed with meaning.

Whether you use this book to teach your children their first words (my oh my, this book would look amazing disassembled and plastered all over the walls of a nursery) or just to flick through and revel in the colour, Seasons is a smile-inducing book that would be equally at home in that nursery - or on a coffee table.

A book for serious collectors and those who just love the wonder of striking beauty in the eyes. In other words: children.

Title: Seasons (Saisons)
Author/Illutrator: Blexbolex
Publisher: Gecko Press, $29.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 June 2010
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781877467622
For ages: In-Utero+
Type: Picture Book