OPERA PRIMA 2022

WINNER

Les Reflets d’Hariett

Text and illustrations by Marion Kadi
L’Agrume, France, 2021

 

What the jury said:

“We loved the strong visual impact of the picturebook, the warm and explosive color palette the author chose to tell the story of Harriet and her lioness soul. The illustrations are so dynamic and bold that the figures seem to leap off the page, following you as you read. This splendid “reflection” on personal growth is enhanced by the excellent choice of paper and book format. Marion Kadi thrills and captivates the reader, making a remarkable contribution to the picturebook art.”

 

SPECIAL MENTION

Det var en gång och blir så mycket mer

Text and illustrations by Johanna Schaible
Lilla Piratförlaget, Sweden, 2021

 

What the jury said:

“This book asks big questions, taking its readers on a journey over a long period of time, many thousands of years, from the beginning of the earth to the present day, and then on into the future. All the while, it maintains a hypnotic rhythm achieved through an ingenious use of contracting and expanding page sizes. The change in page format allows the reader to tangibly feel the progress of the narrative over time, while enjoying the perfectly pitched text.”

 

SPECIAL MENTION

Fluidoteca

Text and illustrations by Berta Páramo
Litera libros, Spain, 2021

 

What the jury said:

“Dedicated to our body fluids, this book is characterized by a combination of graphic design, irony, and scientific accuracy. Different styles of information visualization, some more analytical and encyclopaedic, others more intuitive, accompany the reader as we find out more about the subject matter with elegance and precision, clarity and measure, in chapters cadenced by different colours. The author succeeds in the challenging task of combining rigour and cheerfulness in this approach to biological processes.”