A while back, amongst the outpouring of books and materials publishers send me, I took note of a slim and little tome, Advice to Little Girls(Enchanted Lion Books) from a text by Mark Twain and delightfully illustrated by Vladimir Radonsky.
And last summer I received another Enchanted Lion book,The Hole by Norwegian illustrator Øyvind Torseter. The simple and engaging story line has the protagonist discovering a hole in his apartment and his attempts to find an explanation for this odd happenstance.to make this more vivid,The Hole features a hole punched through the book. As is the case with many of Enchanted Lions titles they are not age specific (the two books mentioned here are labeled “Kindergarten and up”)another way of saying for children of all ages.
Thus, when recently I received The River by Alessandro Sanna ,I felt justified, admittedly based on a small sampling, to conclude that Enchanted Lion was a special enterprise and this conclusion was the critical mass that moved me to look further into the particulars. Not surprisingly, as it turns out,(“…publishes books for people who really love books”)it is a small Brooklyn business operation driven by Claudia Z. Bedrick. You can read about MS.Bedrick here
Alessandro Sanna is an Italian illustrator whose work,if you pay attention to such things, has appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker and is well known and well regarded in Europe.The River in 4 chapters exhibits, mostly through striking and dramatic images, the seasons and the notion of transformation. Ultra original literary oasis Brain Pickings extolls:
…Sanna exposes with remarkable sensitivity that gossamer connection between the physicality of the land and our transcendent experience of the passage of time, the inner seasonality of being human. Through his soft watercolors shines the immutable light of existence.
That (not inappropriate) gushing climaxes:
The River is easily the most breathtaking book to come out so far this year. Complement it with more of Enchanted Lion’s heartwarming treasures, such as My Father’s Arms Are a Boat and Little Boy Brown, both of which were among the best picture-books of 2013.
You can find many of the images from The River here.
Currently reading Prayer by Phillip Kerr (Putnam)