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Wednesday 21 November 2018

Review: The Holidays

Wordless books are rarely easy to define or deconstruct. They allow readers the scope and opportunity to translate what they see in their own individual way. 

This is an artistic production. The creator Blexbolex is a famous award-winning French comic artist, well known for his use of colour and design, and recognized for his magnificent layouts.

This exquisite book comes with a linen spine and tactile pages that resemble cloth. The whole-page artwork is a canvas of colour and it is certainly a book-collector’s dream.

A girl goes to her grandad’s farm in the country for the holidays. She has the whole place to herself; perhaps even finds it a bit quiet at times. When grandad brings home an elephant that she considers an interloper, things get interesting.

This picture book is more about challenging what you see than what it says. Sometimes it is the visual value of a book that measures its quality rather than the story that it tells. Children will find their own stories within these pages and each one will be their singular insight into the scenes, actions and reactions they are viewing.

The Holidays is a book that gives and gives. It’s designed to engage and absorb the reader/viewer in a constant renewal of happenings and scenery, frames and circular visions; clocks and passing time, and all on double-page images. Totally original in every way, it’s well worth a look. But be warned! It will hook you with its beauty. Suitable for adults as well as children.

Title: The Holidays
Illustrator: Blexbolex
Publisher: Gecko Press, $29.99
Publication Date: March 2018
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781776571932
For ages: 5 - 105
Type: Picture Book