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Rain!

↓ Scroll down for German version! Rainy days are not really a big fun thing. May be that is why RAIN!, the book by  illustrator Christian Robinson and author Linda Ashman caught our attention immediately! So colourful, fun and full of energy – it just made us smile!!! Rain can STILL be fun!  A little happy boy and an old grumpy man both go out on a rainy day and meet in a cafe by accident. Their attitudes could not be more different! The little one is happy to wear his frog-rain coat, is having fun with jumping into puddles and enjoys the trip to the cafe to munch cookies. The old one is complaining about the nasty galoshes, the hat that ruins his hair, the water in the streets. When they meet at the suitably named „Rain or Shine Café“ the question is: Which mood will be more contagious, the good or the bad one? Which one will win out – the ill-humor or the happiness? Robinsons illustrations are highly expressive mixed media collages, he paints, draws …

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this monster – creatures that love color

On our search for fun, artistic and inspirational apps for little children we stumbled across a new design gem called this monster: creatures that love color. Developed and designed by former MoMA graphic designer and art director Julianna Goodman it is all about colour, texture and creativity. The app consists of three different activities: (1) colour eater is a monster that wants to be fed with colours, all in form of a rhyming interactive tale. (2) monster pretend! introduces quirky characters like a jumping jackelope, a musical mermaid and a polka dot painter. (3) monster get dressed! asks players to choose a monster and dress it up to take a shareable foto at the end. What makes this monster: creatures that love color really special is the emphasis on the handmade. It incorporates all kinds of „visual textures“ like paper, felt, cloth facbric, puff balls and feathers which add a layer of a new, hybrid, digital-textile experience. That makes it easy to relate to for kids. And will hopefully inspire children and parents to continue playing the game in real …

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Zoo

↓ Scroll down for English/German version! De Italiaanse ontwerpster Flavia Ruotolo heeft in haar boek Zoo van gekleurde bouwstenen een kleine, grafische dierentuin samengesteld. Met de namen van de beesten in het Frans, Italiaans, Engels, Spaans en Duits erbij. Kleine taalcursus inclusief  dus:) Het boek is al langer een van ons absolute lievelingsboeken. Bijzonder grappig en origineel: het zijn niet allemaal de typische, bekende diersoorten, maar wat ongewonere vrienden, zoals een stekelvarken (porc-épic in het Frans), een cicade (cigale), een leguaan (iguane) of een stinkdier (moufette). Like this:Like Loading…

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Hier & Da

↓ Scroll down for English/German version! Hier & Da (Hier & Daar, in het origineel: Bon voyage!)  is en mooi, klein en heel fijn getekend boek van de franse kunstenaar, architect en designer Didier Cornille en uitgegeven door Hélium Édition.  Een boek en kunstobject tegelijkertijd, met een blauwe snee (=boven, zij en onderkant) en titels van hoofdstukken gedrukt op afwisselend blauw, geel of rood.  Inhoudelijk is het een speel met getallen, vormen en kleuren, humoristisch en verassend. Een reis rond om de hele wereld voor kleine en grote kijkers! Like this:Like Loading…

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Das Kind und die Katze

Thunderbolt, storm and hail: “Das Kind und die Katze” (The child and the cat) is a book with text by Ingrid Bachér and pictures by artist and illustrator Rotraut Susanne Berner. It is about a little child, at home on her own at night, parents are gone out. Refusing to give in to her fear the little girl turns the cat into a lion in her imagination. The lion becomes a friend to protect her and to fight against the frightening thunderstorm. Like this:Like Loading…