This gorgeous volume by Jean-François Martin was the winner of this year's
Bologna Ragazzi Award in the fiction category.
Both illustrations and typography have a wonderful retro feel,
but I'll let the jury do the talk, since they are much more eloquent than me:
into a time-honoured tale, without, however, diminishing its power. The splendid illustrations resonate
to mysterious melodies. Allusive line-work, intriguing faces and a subtle blend of ochre and grey tones
. A truly magnificent
“tale of all tales”, this book is a typographical masterpiece blending to perfection beautiful type faces
with an unusual yet extraordinarily harmonious amalgam of delicate almost unsubstantiated hues.”
Funny thing is, when I visited Albin Michel's booth I was drawn to the striking cover
of this book of cat tales. The inside illustrations were also very intriguing, so I took
quite a few photos and only days after I realized that they were by the same artist.
As you can see, these artworks too are rich with historical references.
The scene above in particular strongly reminds me of William Nicholson's woodcuts.
Well, it was love at first sight...
Now I can't wait to see more of Martin's books,
including the very promising Nouvel abécédaire Russe!