Thursday, October 1, 2015

Three New Fall Releases by Little Gestalten

I  receive these three new visually stunning selections from Media Masters in exchange for my honest thoughts. 

by Gerald Lo Monaco
Expected release October 25, 2015
Little Gestalten
24 pages
This small and simple pop up book will have little ones flipping pages again and again. Each page features a classic toy such as a sailboat, fire truck, cars and a baby cradle in a colorful popup illustration on a clean, white background. Accompanying each toy is a short poem told in first person from the point of view of a child. 
I can't stop looking at it! 

by Jean Baptiste Lebrune and Jeremie Fischer
What seems at first to be a story about a night watchman soon takes on the feel of a dark, haunting, somewhat creepy folktale. This suspenseful tale is not for the very young. With sophisticated language, some violent images and a bit of romance, I would recommend it for ages 10 and up. The illustrations are very colorful and abstract and remind me somewhat of Ashley Bryan's work. 

by Alice Briere-Haquet and Csil
Expected Publication November 2015 
Little Gestalten
This is an English translation of the French version published in 2014. The story is a fictionalized description of why Gustave Eiffel built The Eiffel Tower. While the English translation and its rhyme pattern is a bit awkward for me, the illustrations are very intriguing.  Using only black, white and pink with mostly thin lines, the illustrator gives the reader the experience of building and standing atop this famous tower.  For ages 5-8.

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