The Book Book by Sophie Benini Pietromarchi (2007, Tara Books; 132 pages)
“Books are like houses. Curiosity always makes me want to open doors. I’ve always thought that the most mysterious doors are the covers of books.”
This is the delightful beginning of an incredibly excellent and humble book. Artist Sophie Benini Pietromarchi invites children on a fantastic journey through the world of bookmaking in The Book Book, a lyrical, beautiful craft work. The journey explores colors, textures, shapes, and feelings. Benini demonstrates how those intangible elements can be turned into pictorial narratives. She also explores the uses of unlikely items, like pencil shavings, onions, dust, and leaves. An egg box becomes a perfect book cover, an onion will work for decorating paper, rough string can bind books and boxes of cornflakes or biscuits can illustrate cars or cities, and also will work on making good book covers.
The book is a visual feast to enjoy with time. Photographs and art are fantastic, and together with the writing, become an invitation to get to work right away.
The Book Book is a tribute to the rich, imaginative world in all of us. This work evolved from workshops with children, which explains the fact that it can be used by children without adult help. But it is also a great tool for parents, teachers or anyone working with children because it features creative and simple exercises in drawing, creative writing, and book-making.
This book is a house that you want to enter and stay for a long time. Find it, open it, and enjoy.
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Recommended by: Maite