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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Review: Hippu

First published in 1967, this adorable book for little ones was considered super modern for its time. And indeed, its graphics could easily have been produced by some hipster GDer in Fitzroy on a high-tech computer, such is the gorgeousness of its imagery.

Finnish author illustrator Oili Tanninen came up with the concept for this book while living in London.

He was pondering a new book and wanted to fulfill three points: it should be small and square--perfect for a toddler's hands. It should be cheap to print, s he opted for bi-colour. And lastly, it had to tell a story about everyday things small kids can relate to.

Hippu has certainly achieved these things. A simple story about a little mouse who finds a dog, it's gorgeously illustrated using torn origami paper and illustration.

Reprinted this year by Tate, the book was considered 'different' and 'modern', and won an award for on of the most beautiful Finnish books in1967.

The above paragraph still stands. Gorgeous.

Title: Hippu
Author/Illustrator: Oili Tanninen
Publisher: Tate, $15.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 November 2014
Format: Hard cover, small format
ISBN: 9781849762663
For ages: 1 - 4
Type: Picture Book

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