If you follow my blog regularly, you may have noticed that I’ve become a big fan of Enchanted Lion Books recently. They have impeccable taste when it comes to illustration, storytelling and book production.
Although I feel I am somewhat late for the party, as the Brooklyn- based publishing company have been publishing book lists since 2003. I owned a few of their books without making the connection. Some brilliant ones in fact, Waterloo & Trafalgar by Oliver Tallec is in fact one of my favourite picture books.
Here is a quote from their website that explains their passion for good books; I couldn’t have said it better myself, perfect!
‘We love books, well-told stories, and illustrations that open up the visual world and deepen a child’s sense of story.’ – Enchanted Lion Books
Little bird is by Swiss duo Germano Zullo & Albertine, who are the creative force behind picture books such as: Sky High and Line 135.
Little Bird – About the book
A man drives his truck up to a cliff’s edge. Unable to go any further, he opens the back door of his truck and a flock of birds flies out, but, as the man soon discovers, a small timid bird remains. Suprised and delighted, the man acts kindly towards the bird and an intimacy develops. After lunch, the man tries to show the bird that he should fly off and join his friends. The man’s comic attempt at flight deepens the encounter between these two very different creatures. Soon the bird flies off and the man drives away, but in a surprise twist the bird and his friends return, and in a starkly lyrical moment we see them all experience something entirely new.
This almost wordless picture book with colour-saturated landscapes and personality-packed characters tell this beautiful and uplifting story about appreciating the small things in life with ease. The pages are bursting with joy and sunshine. I can’t stop picking it up. Highly reccommended. I dip my hat to all involved.