Κυριακή, 10 Νοεμβρίου 2013

Walk This World: A Celebration of Life in a Day

 
Μια οπτική πανδαισία, μία καθαρή απόλαυση!!!
 
Μία ενθαρρυντική υπενθύμιση της ανθρώπινης ύπαρξης και των πολιτιστικών διαφορών
 σε vintage εμπνευσμένες εικονογραφήσεις και γοητευτικούς στίχους.

Το "Περπατήστε αυτόν τον κόσμο" (δημόσια βιβλιοθήκη), βιβλίο ντεμπούτο για τη Φινλανδή εικονογράφο, γραφίστα και καλλιτεχνικό διευθυντή, Lotta Nieminen.  Ένα πολιτιστικά αδηφάγο παιδί-πρωταγωνιστής σε ένα μονοήμερο ταξίδι σε όλο τον κόσμο, με σύντομους στίχους και γοητευτικές vintage εμπνευσμένες εικονογραφήσεις που δένουν οι μινιμαλιστικές πολιτιστικές αντιθέσεις του Παρισιού, της Νέας Υόρκης και της Ανατολής έναντι της Δύσης. 


A heartening reminder of the human commonality underpinning cultural differences in vintage-inspired illustrations and charming verses.
In Walk This World (public library), her wonderful children’s book debut, Finnish illustrator, graphic designer and art director Lotta Nieminen takes a culturally voracious child-protagonist on a daylong journey around the globe in short verses and charming vintage-inspired illustrations that blend the minimalist cultural contrasts of Paris vs. New York and East vs. West with the playful graphic ethnography of Blexbolex’s People. The story is a heartening reminder of the human commonality underpinning cultural differences, wrapped in a visual feast of sheer delight.



What makes this vibrant large-scale board book especially marvelous, however, are the 80 or so advent-calendar-style flaps, which reveal hidden lively vignettes amidst the gorgeous cityscapes.


On a typical rainy London day, a lady — one of refreshingly real-world rather than magazine-twiggy bodily proportions, mind you — ducks inside a classic red telephone box for an urgent call that leaves us wondering who might be on the other end of the line.


Tower Bridge lifts to let a ship pass, then a car passes through once it lowers its benevolent arms back into a steadfast embrace.


In Australia, a tuxedoed violinist slips into the Sydney Opera House, then steps into the spotlight.


In Japan, we peek inside a karaoke bar.


In South America, Capoeira dancers whirl around to entertain the beaching crowds as a woman takes an ice cream break from sunbathing.

Somewhere in Africa, a woman and her chicken blissfully ride the bus.

In snowy Russia, a couple warms up to a fancy dinner at a restaurant.

In France, bakers and chefs and cheese-sellers go about their delicious business.


Having circled the globe, our child-protagonist — who remains genderless and raceless — returns to New York, where the journey began:
I’ve walked this world — I left this morning,
saw much more than I could name.
Found that though we might look different,
underneath we’re just the same.
Walk This World is an absolute delight. Tickle your tastebuds with this lovely teaser:

 

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