|La gigantesca piccola cosa, Beatrice Alemagna|
Favourites: a few of the books we love
We stumbled across this beautiful large-format book in the Italian language section of Foyles. A meditation on the 'biggest little thing', happiness, and where it can be found, by Italian born Beatrice Alemagna, one of my new favourite illustrators.
I love the subtlety of the colours (a contrast to some of our brighter picks) in the mixed media illustrations and Mister G will listen to a good three quarters of it before insisting on turning the page to the end (which isn't bad by our current measure).
From a little digging, it appears that this title is available only in Italian and French, but Alemagna has illustrated several other children's books available in English (check out her website here). She's also illustrated Aldous Huxley's children's story, The Crows of Pearblossom (although I can only seem to find it in French).
pics by me on our doordesk