As it seems unlikely that we will be doing any more travelling this holiday season, instead we are remembering one of our previous trip, the one to London, with a charming book called, well, A Walk in London.
The book is by Salvatore Rubbino and includes spreads on all the well-known tourist attractions as viewed by a little tourist, the main character in the book.
We really like the illustration style of the book: on the one hand, it’s very light – it recalls the freshness of a child’s drawing (something many illustrators try to do). On the other hand, this is clearly not a child’s drawing: in its color scheme and page compositions it has the sophistication of an adult artist.
Title page. Thames is definitely the axis around which the book is built.
A map, always an interesting design part of such books.
The typography is a bit messy, which seems to be popular in children’s books these days. It doesn’t work for all books but here it adds to the liveliness of the spreads.
We loved Tower of London! It’s such a cool place.
And yes, there is a foldout with the panorama of the Thames bank and the multiple attractions one can find there.
And the index (with its over-the-top typography).
As long as we’re not doing any actual travelling, reading about it, especially in books which we can share with J, is the second best thing.