58th edition
14-17 June 2021
Bologna
Italy

BOLOGNARAGAZZI - TODDLER

Zahorí Books, Barcelona, Spain

 

¡A dormir, gatitos!

 

Text and illustrations by Bàrbara Castro Urío

 

What the Jury said:

Striking graphic design and pages that take on architectural forms here combine with a narrative that is also told in colour.

Quiet and essential, the book makes for perfect bedtime reading. It is also an introduction to shapes, colours and numbers. The narrative offers opportunities for affectionate moments of interaction with the very young reader while stimulating logical and analytical thinking.

 

The book becomes a special place, a house of friendship where diversity is welcome and everyone has her own special traits.

BAYARD, Paris, France

 

Mes animaux tout doux du jardin

 

Text and illustrations by Xavier Deneux

 

What the Jury said:

Skilled artist Xavier Deneux deliberately makes use of just a few colours in a book designed to stimulate the child’s visual and tactile ability in a synesthetic experience of the world.

 

On every page, the predominant black and white is accompanied by a small detail in another colour – an unexpected yet highly poetic touch.

Orca Book Publishers, Victoria, Canada

 

We Sang You Home

 

Text by Richard Van Camp, illustrations by Julie Flett

 

What the Jury said:

Classical in its layout and narrative, this board book sets itself apart for the expressive effectiveness and refined pictorial technique of the illustrations.

The images follow one another in no chronological sequence, like a series of frame stops. This highlights the affective intensity of each scene, the interpersonal relationships portrayed, and the close connection with the natural world and its creatures. 

Wydawnictwo Dwie Siostry, Warsaw, Poland

 

Kominiarz /Piekarz (Chimney sweeper/Baker)

 

Text and Illustrations by Dominika Czerniak-Chojnacka

 

What the Jury said:

Using the graphic stratagem of contrasting opposites, the book illustrates two parallel stories that meet in the middle.

The everyday gestures of grownups are explained through the lives of two brothers with very different jobs.

The illustration has a refined simplicity. The use of black and white underlines the differences in the two occupations, while the addition of red creates a highly effective visual impact.

 

Dynamic and implicitly musical, the sequence of images is particularly effective, stimulating the young child’s aesthetic and emotional senses.

The sequence of illustrations in Il Principe Ranocchio shows an author and artist whose disciplined expressive power is, as always, laced with an unexpected, mischievously lighthearted poetic irony. As well as the Frog Prince, Attilio has also given us many other classical fairytales, from the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood to the Pied Piper of Hamelin and Aesop’s Fables. His inimitable unmistakable style leaps off the white page. The minimal text, the result of long-honed experience, looses nothing of the original tale. The consistently original books produced over the years by Attilio Cassinelli, known as Attilio, has made him a key figure in the history of Italian and international illustration.

Throughout his long career, Attilio has continued to refine his art and keenly acute gaze to address the very young.

 

CAPPUCCETTO ROSSO

Lapis Edizioni, Rome, Italy

Cappuccetto Rosso

Text and illustrations by Attilio Cassinelli

MUSDICANTI DI BREMA

Lapis Edizioni, Rome, Italy

I musicanti di Brema

Text and illustrations by Attilio Cassinelli

I TRE PORCELLINI

Lapis Edizioni, Rome, Italy

I tre porcellini

Text and illustrations by Attilio Cassinelli

LEONE TOPO

Lapis Edizioni, Rome, Italy

Il leone e il topo

Text and illustrations by Attilio Cassinelli

PRINCIPE RANOCCHIO

Lapis Edizioni, Rome, Italy

Il principe ranocchio

Text and illustrations by Attilio Cassinelli

RICCIOLI D'ORO

Lapis Edizioni, Rome, Italy

Riccioli d'oro

Text and illustrations by Attilio Cassinelli

TOPO DI CAMPAGNA

Lapis Edizioni, Rome, Italy

Topo di campagna e topo di citta

Text and illustrations by Attilio Cassinelli