During one of our recent trips to the library our son, who’s got a good eye for books (mostly, I mean; he gets distracted by popular franchises), picked out this little treasure we’re sharing today: The Egg.
The book is written and illustrated by the wonderfully talented Britta Teckentrup (whose work we didn’t know before) and it tells all (well, a lot) about eggs in a style that manages to be both informative and artistic. J loved all the facts about different kinds of eggs, particularly the really large ones. We loved the art, its combination of minimalism and humanism (not an easy thing to pull off). Together we had quite a few fun evenings with the book before the time came to return it.
“Egg collections.” Throughout the book the use of texture and color is marvelous.
“Inside the egg.” This gave J a pause.
The biggest egg ever. J loved this fact.
There’s an interesting section on nests.
A section on eggs not laid by birds.
And one about the meaning of an egg in art and religion. While J leans towards natural facts, we enjoy the cultural angle.
What are your favorite lucky finds from the library?
Gdynia Design Days is a local design festival happening in our city and this year it includes two small exhibitions of illustrated books for children, which, as you know, is totally our thing. We took our son and went to see the works by some of the most popular Polish illustrators of today. Even though we already knew most of the presented works, we still enjoyed seeing them together and the way the exhibitions were arranged and J had a real blast, making a mess: moving stuff around and ruining the careful arrangements. Luckily, nobody minded because, well, that’s what you expect from children in a gallery. If they don’t touch anything, they’re probably not having fun. (Sidenote: we wouldn’t let him touch stuff in the Louvre, don’t worry.)
A series of books illustrated by Joanna Bartosik.
A nice exhibition idea.
What Do We Travel by? (from a selection of one-off books)
Map-inspired lists of attractions for various Polish cities by Ładne Halo.
The Palace of Culture in 3D from Architekturki by Robert Czajka.
J just couldn’t get enough of this fox cutout, carrying it around the whole exhibition.
A selection of books to read and enjoy.
Paper animals, also by Robert Czajka.
Children enjoying an animation based on Iwona Chmielewska’s illustrations.
An illustrated labyrinth.
Do you know it’s been over five years since we first published our series Iconic TV Shows? Our style has changed somewhat since then and lots of those shows are no longer remembered or they also changed completely. Time flies.
Still, it’s one of our favorite – and definitely longest running – projects and we like adding new posters to the series. This year one of our biggest TV discoveries (well, “discovery” is a big word for a show everybody and their aunt saw before us) was the series pictured below and so we proudly add it to the collection.
And if you’re in love with Hawkins and want a bit of it on your wall, you can buy our poster here (also available as various other products) and here.
(And here for your convenience links to all the rest of them on bza – and they’re also on Society6.)