With this title we wish to offer the fairy tale lovers something beside the standard repertoire of Grimms and Andersen. Marie Catherine d’Aulnoy, a 17th century author, was the first to publish a fairytale in France. Many of her motives were taken over by other classics of the genre. However, d’Aulnoy stays original in her proto-feministic interest for female characters and her use of the techniques of bricolage. In herWhite Cat Madame d’Aulnoy weaves various fantastic elements into a rich narrative tissue, with the most prominent role for the refined court of cats, funny and appealing for the young audience. Illustrated by a debutant artist whose cats and dragons are a joy for the reader’s eye.
The Pursuit of Winter is the first text that a renowned Croatian poet wrote for children. The plot is triggered by the (unspoken) question: “Could something lovely become boring?” It obviously can, if it is only and always lovely, especially if the thing we are talking about is the weather. The picture book takes the reader – along with the animal protagonists, squirrel, wolf, deer, ants and birds – on a journey toward something absent but desired. And the miracle resides in the possibility to join forces and bring about the (unlikely) change.
The illustrations by Mingsheng-Pi make a perfect counterpoint to Kirin’s laconic and lyrical text. The illustrator received a Special Mention of the “Grigor Vitez” Award.
Two towns on the two sides of a river – and an old bridge between them. When the bridge has to be repaired and repainted the citizens of the Blue Town want it to be blue, those from the Yellow Town want it to be yellow. There starts a peculiar quarrel, and develops out of proportion to its initial motive… until the day when the nature intervenes and reminds the citizens of both towns of the beauty of the multicoloured world.
(first edition : Alice Jeunesse, Belgium
White Ravens 2017)
Silly but Safe, a comic book of „practical tales“ for children, written and illustrated by Croatian artist Ivan Tudek, offers to the reader a handful of funny and edifying stories about friendship, mutual understanding and tolerance. The comic book format allowed Tudek to portrait human problems in dynamic and funny short cuts, and to develop a peculiar sort of goofiness through the visual aspect of his characters.