Aino-Maija Metsola is based in Helsinki and is a lead artist for the Finnish design brand Marimekko. Her textile and ceramic designs are stocked in are than 30,000 design and department stores worldwide. Her first concept series, the Learning Garden, has been translated into more than 20 languages.
Two board books (the first in a new wildlife series from QED), introducing nature to toddlers – simple, entertaining storylines with an animal character as the focus.
Bird is illustrated by Olivia Cosneau who lives and works near Nantes, France.
Rabbit is illustrated by Magali Attiogbe.
A rhyming lift-the-flap board book. The verse is not great but the overall design concept works well, with muted page spreads opening up with bursts of colour under the flaps. A good introduction to colour names and words.