Baobab, Prague, Czech Republic
Panáček, pecka, švestka, poleno a zase panáček
(Puppet, Plum Pit, Plum, Plank, and back to Puppet)
Text by Vojtěch Mašek, illustrations by Chrudoš Valoušek, graphic design Juraj Horváth
What the Jury said:
What’s new about Pinocchio? It’s a long story, this book tells us. Everything about this psychedelic, pop, absurd, humoristic and satirical picturebook is unexpected. The beloved puppet of children’s literature, a figure that has been a continuous inspiration for artists all over the world, here presents an entirely new gallery of heroes and adventures. The graphic design plays with scale. The pages are peopled with historiated initials reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts, giant page numbers, avant-garde references and a medley of geometrical characters, their neon colours boldly outlined in black. Spread after spread, the mix of different layouts and the uncommon use of line-cut technique make for a truly extraordinary picturebook.