Saturday, August 15, 2020

Marek Bieńczyk (author), Joanna Concejo (Illustrator), Prince in a Pastry Shop, Format publishing company, Wroclaw, Poland, 2016

This is the Polish version of this much admired book. The story revolves around a prince, his bear friend as well as his girlfriend, and their experiences in a pastry shop. One would usually assume that being in such a place would be a wonderful and happy experience, but the prince appears to be in a big funk.  Everybody around him is trying to make him happy, but it appears to be a hopeless task!  

The illustrations by the Polish artist, Joanna Concejo, are masterfully subtle and understated, and there's a wonderful sense of humor to the works, particularly in her depictions of the animals and the shenanigans they are all getting up to! This is coupled with her use of the panoramic space of the accordion and the elegance of her illustrations, which really takes this work to another level of excellence.

42 single-sided pages, 13" (H) x 5.5" (T), when opened 19ft 3".

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