ACHUKA Book of the Day 20 Jan 2022
“Kastelic’s muted watercolor panels, reminiscent of the work of Carson Ellis, paint a full picture of these two loving families and the venerated French capital. No one could have a heart of stone reading this one.” KIRKUS
“Highly recommended.” CM: Canadian Review of Materials
ACHUKA just loves wordless picture books!
Anthony wakes up one morning to find his favorite rock has cracked open – and it’s hollow! He discovers a strange-looking hatchling inside, and the two become fast friends. When Anthony asks his mother where the rock came from, she shows him photos from their trip to Paris, including of Notre-Dame cathedral, with its familiar-looking forms perched on top. Could Anthony’s new friend be a gargoyle?
This magical wordless story is brought to life in stunning, silent, hand-painted panels, and is a touching tale of true friendship and letting go.
For anyone who wonders, like me, how an author and an illustrator collaborate on a wordless book, here is a fascinating conversation between the two creators of this title on Open Book:
Author & Illustrator Team Jo Ellen Bogart and Maja Kastelic Launch Our New KidLit Convos Series of Chats Between Literary Co-Creators
Maja Kastelic received a BA in painting from the University of Ljubljana’s Academy of Fine Arts and Design and studied philosophy and theory of visual culture at the University of Primorska. She restored frescoes before becoming a children’s book author and illustrator.
Follow Maja on Instagram:
View this post on Instagram
Here is another title illustrated by Maja that can also be recommended…