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People
     

People

by Blexbolex
 

"This thick volume is both beautiful and intriguing - artist's portfolio, concept book, and word book rolled into one."—The Horn Book Magazine

Mother and father, dancers and warriors, gardener and farmer, hypnotist and genie. . . . All sorts of people appear in People, linked together in ways that begin to emerge page after page. Real, mythic,

Overview

"This thick volume is both beautiful and intriguing - artist's portfolio, concept book, and word book rolled into one."—The Horn Book Magazine

Mother and father, dancers and warriors, gardener and farmer, hypnotist and genie. . . . All sorts of people appear in People, linked together in ways that begin to emerge page after page. Real, mythic, and imaginary types inhabit this extraordinary, gorgeously rendered world, referring to each other through form and function. Like Blexbolex's earlier book Seasons, this is a conceptual book, where the connections between the images are both clear and subtle.

Stunningly illustrated with retro-looking silkscreened images, People is a sumptuously produced volume, with a lavishly illustrated jacket that folds out into a poster. The manner of the realization and the quality of the book are so strong that People (as did Seasons) serves to reminds us once again what a book can be at its very best.

Seasons was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2010 and a Best Book of the Year for School Library Journal.

Blexbolex lives in Leipzig, Germany. He is an enormously talented silkscreen artist who has large followings in the worlds of comics, art, and children's books.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this stellar companion to the acclaimed Seasons, German artist Blexbolex’s captivating silk-screens explore human archetypes using a 1960s-era design aesthetic. Powder-blue type identifies each figure. As with its predecessor, the book’s brilliance lies in the intriguing ways in which the images mimic, challenge, and inform one another. For example, a “homeless person” sleeping in a box appears opposite a “camper”; a “contortionist” and a “plumber” exert themselves equally; and a pink “nudist” is paired with an “invisible man” in a business suit. Readers will form new associations and make new discoveries upon each revisiting. All ages. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up—With its 208 pages, this is not your average picture book. Instead, it's a unique reflection on the similarities and differences among people from all walks of life. Blexbolex uses his trademark silkscreen illustrations to provide contrasting images on each spread. Although the text is spare and the book does not contain a true narrative (each page contains one word and one picture), the author conveys an abundance of meaning in the coupled pages. With parings such as "diva/teenager," "woodcutter/executioner," and "harvester/seller," readers are encouraged to contemplate the relationships between the people being represented and how they interact and influence one another and the world around them. The book also underscores the subtlety of language and shows how a slight change of phrasing can make the difference between a negative or a positive connotation, e.g., "painter/tagger." The nature of the relationships between the people in the illustrations is not explicit, or consistent, which keeps readers engaged and sharply tuned in to the text. Both younger and older children will be drawn to the colorful cartoon drawings, but there are several mature images scattered throughout the book ("nudist," "corpse," "slave," "amputee"), so if you are planning to show this to younger children, be ready to have a conversation about what these terms mean in context.—Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews

In the wake ofSeasons(2010), an equally beguiling barrage of simple images demonstrating this French illustrator's unusual technical command and sharp powers of observation.

Screen printed on pleasantly rough paper in a limited range of colors, each of the over 200 figures (one per page, with rare exceptions) is composed of a few sharply distinct, realistically formed elements. They float beneath a large word or phrase that identifies a familiar activity ("Sleeping"), occupation ("Rabbi," "Balloon Pilot") or personal feature ("Amputee"). Many are paired with the facing image, often to witty effect: "Spy" follows "Eavesdropper"; a "Contortionist" and a "Plumber" adopt similar poses; the wintry breath of a man "Shivering" echoes that of one "Smoking." Though most sport pink skin and contemporary western clothing, Blexbolex extends his purview with, for instance, two Maasai "Warriors" leaping, an Asian "Heroine" brandishing sais, a "Cowboy" and a "Pirate" in traditional garb—not to mention a "Corpse," a green-skinned "Alien," a "Mermaid" and a variety of humanoids from myth and legend such as "Cyclops" and "Demon." The artist could have made more of an effort to be nonsexist in his language ("Fireman") and exemplars ("Secretary," "Waitress"), but the overall diversity and visual harmony complement the sheer tactile pleasure of turning the pages to create, cumulatively, an unusually rich browsing experience.

A memorable gallery of humanity (and its outliers).(Picture book. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592701100
Publisher:
Enchanted Lion Books
Publication date:
08/23/2011
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
744,556
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Blexbolex lives in Leipzig, Germany. He is an enormously talented silk-screen artist who has large followings in the worlds of comics, art and children's books. His book Seasons was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2010 and his book People won the Goldene Letter Award in 2009 for Best Book Design throughout the world.

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