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As you may or may not remember, we are big fans of the illustrator Emilia Dziubak and her detailed, colored style, which plays with flat design but goes far beyond it. But her book that we’re sharing with you today, Rok w lesie (A Year in the Woods) is even more than we would have any right to expect. It combines pretty much everything that we love in children’s illustration: details, narration, humor and forest animals.

Each spread of the book shows the same woodland scene with the same animals doing things appropriate for every month. You can see not only the changes in the weather and plants but, most importantly, the different activities in which animals are involved. A huge level of detail means that one can return to the book many, many times, each time finding something new and delightful. The things animals do combine the educational aspect with a lot of good humor. And being very much woods-loving people who try to go for a walk there at least every two days, we find the depiction of the woods charming.

Except for the names of the months, most of the book is wordless, which makes it accessible to younger children (ones who will be able to follow the details, though). The last spread has a list of various animals with a character quirk for each so that one can look for those in the book. It’s actually quite fun to browse through the book multiple times, each time focusing on just one animal and their story.

Book cover.

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Spread for January, more appropriate now that we’ve got some snow.

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April and December

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The introduction to individual animals.

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And now for some highlights from the lady fox’s story of love and family:

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Featuring the cutest baby foxes.

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And the badger’s story of eating and sleeping.

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This is by no means the proper post we planned for this week but out of our swamp of work we’re just letting you know that Society6 sales continue with nice offers till Friday and this includes our stuff, should you want some. Anyway, next week we promise the proper post and we’re sorry to keep putting it off. You’ve no idea what state we’re in, trying to finish all work and all cleaning before Christmas (and slowly getting to understand that it’s not possible for mere humans without sexy superhero mutations and/or spider bites).

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So yes, we’re still swamped but it’s high time for a proper post. This time we wanted to share one of our relatively recent book acquisitions, a picture book Here is the Baby by Polly Kanevsky, illustrated by Taeeyun Yoo.

The book tells a very simple story of a baby boy on his day with his family (and especially his dad) as he goes through the routine of meals, a walk, a bath, play and sleep. The very simplicity of the text underscores the actual experience of taking care of a baby, while giving it a touching, sweet quality (we saw online some people didn’t like the text but we find it both honest and poetic with the rhythm and no rhymes).

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The illustrations have a classic, deceptively simple character but manage to gorgeously capture the everyday warmth of family life. They almost shine with domestic light. If there’s one expression to describe the book heart-warming would be the closest. And yep, we probably wouldn’t have cared for it all that much before we had our own baby but now we not only admire the illustrations but find so much truth in the mood of this book. (Though, admittedly, it does not cover teething. Ugh, teething.)

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The illustrations are somewhat old-school, reminding us of really old children books we used to have in childhood.

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We have to admit though that this book might be more interesting to parents than babies. Our son always picks Walk this World over anything.

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(And as an unrelated sidenote, there are promotions all week long over on Society6, where you can buy our posters and some other gadgets.)

Update: We’re still fighting deadlines (and not really shopping and barely breathing) but Society6 promotions are still on: follow the link to our store for 20% off + free shipping (till Dec 4). Should you feel so inclined, why don’t you visit . Posters make awesome holiday gifts, wink wink. Otherwise, just enjoy the illustration above.

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Today we’re sharing another tribute on the sad occasion of Leonard Cohen’s death. We have great admiration for Cohen’s lyrical skill and many favorites among his songs. Of those we picked eight, for which we drew still life illustrations/interpretations and arranged them into the poster.

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In case they are difficult to read, from top to bottom and left to right these are: 1. Suzanne  2. The Stranger Song  3. Famous Blue Raincoat  4. Let’s Sing Another Song, Boys  5. Seems So Long Ago, Nancy  6. Chelsea Hotel #2  7. Hallelujah  8. Closing Time.


 

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As illustrated above, we spent the weekend with a sore throat and a bunch of more or less medically aproved methods to get over it. So far, the success has been, at most, partial. Hopefully, we’re be back on our feet by the next weekend. Until then, stay healthy.