Some seasonal trees by Tjitske Kamphuis
It is a busy week so please forgive my absence yesterday. I have snatching at time to work on a little book about Nils Gustaf Håkansson (1885-1987) a Swedish man who loved to cycle his whole (long, he died aged 101) life.
Aged 66 he was deemed too old to compete in the endurance race, 'Haparanda to Ystad' that traverses the length of Sweden. Most of the competitors were half his age or younger. Each of the competitors was given a new bike and transported to the start of the race.
It's world book week and I am going to celebrate using this illustration by Stacy Innerst of a Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a library.
"Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true." Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The trauma of news continues its relentless path through our times. The only possible good news for the world could arrive in November, but history indicates otherwise. Here, there is no good news, starvation, floods, riots, civil war look inevitable to me in the dark winter, mixed with horrific covid deaths as the governments play games with statistics and make some people believe there is no threat (to them!).
But maybe I am not an optimist . . . I used to be, or at least I saw ways of progressing through problems, currently, I am beyond perplexed.
Meanwhile, I found 'This is the Dictatorship', one of four books originally published in the 1970's and republished by Media Vaca in 2015 with bright, stylish, new illustrations by Mikel Casal an illustrator from San Sebastián.
"When searching for the right tone for the book, I couldn’t help being inspired by the Ernst Lubitsch film, ‘To Be or Not to Be’, and Chaplin’s ‘The Great Dictator’. I never considered a serious and harsh look for the illustrations, despite the seriousness and harshness of the subject matter. I wanted to emphasise the almost theatrical, tragicomic aesthetics of every dictatorship, full of ridiculous lies." Mikel Casal
Planeta Tangerina, is available in most country's now and in the UK from October.
This important children's book was created by three passionate Portuguese artists. Ana Pêgo, a marine biologist and artist who combines science and art to create environmental education projects. Isabel Minhós Martins and Bernardo P. Carvalho, illustrators who I have featured here before, and co-founders of the publishing house Planeta Tangerina.
A compelling book about our plastic pollution, made bright and accessible by Bernardo P. Carvalhos characteristic full-colour palette illustrations. Ana gives an accessible account of the situation and practical ways of cutting down and interacting with plastic.