Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Odyssey of The Little Barbarian

Renato Moriconi is a unique talent. I received his English edition of The Little Barbarian yesterday. (Thank you, Eerdmans.) 

To start, Moriconi's design, palette and watercolor illustrations are beautiful. And the 5.5 x 12 portrait format is perfect for what's to come. (Hat tip to the art director.)

In this wordless adventure, an intrepid little barbarian makes a dangerous journey on horseback. On each spread he faces different attackers. Snakes, giant birds, arrows, and a sea serpent don't faze him—he can make this journey with his eyes closed. 

He rides on under flying demons and Zeus throwing thunderbolts. He rides over fire and cyclopes. He even rides head-on into a giant scorpion. 

The Little Barbarian only becomes emotional at the very end (and I won't say why). The end is the perfect capper to this inventive and fun picture book.

You can see a slideshow of The Little Barbarian at that link.
And while you're there, check out all the other great illustrators

Saturday, July 21, 2018

COLOUR — Art by Selley Davies

Shelley's talented friend @jenniferplayford designed this beautiful poster for her upcoming solo exhibition in October, with her colourful paintings, photographs, collages, and photo-collage puzzles on display. — in Victoria, British Columbia.

Monday, July 09, 2018


Giovanna Zoboli and Simona Mulazzani team up again to make another beautiful book, this time about a domestic cat.  

Felix likes his cozy home—his window, his books, his owner's leg, his balcony overlooking the city. 

But one night he becomes curious about his relatives around the globe. He tours the world visiting tigers in India, snow leopards in China, a lynx in Russia and other (to Felix) exotic relatives. Many invite him to dinner. 

There are little cultural or natural references in each home that Felix visits. The African lions sleep on beautifully patterned rugs. Mr. Lynx offers Felix bikinis and caviar, the panther lounges on a tree with a sleeping parrot. 

Most hosts give him a memento of his short visit. But he returns home without these mementos. Perhaps it was all a fabulous dream!

Simona Mulazzani's illustrations in pencil and gouache (or acrylic?) are lush, reminiscent of Henri Rousseau's, and make Felix a luxurious dream.

(Thank you to Eerdmans for the review copy.)

Read an interview with Simona Mulazzani and Linda Ashman here: A Visit with Simona Mulazzani