Current Price: £9.99
Number of Pages: 96
Size: 25 x 25cm
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Good
One sided: No
Drawings go into the spine: No
Waterbased pen bleed: None
Despite representing different countries of the world the books have two common threads; a hidden object nestled into each illustration, and a proverb influencing each design. In most cases the hidden images in each picture relate to the proverb somehow, for instance the illustration with the proverb "Slow and steady wins the race" is a pair of running shoes.
Bon Voyage! takes us to the artistic and cultural France, allowing us to explore some of the architecture and beauty of the country whilst learning a little more about its values and traditions through the proverbs.
Buena Vista shows us the festive and bustling Spain through its traditional dress, historical landmarks and beautiful stained glass icons. Take a look at my video flipthroughs of each book below.
Each illustration is drawn in Lizzie's chaotic signature style, combining swirling scenery with flourishing typography to create beautiful works of art when finished. As each page centres around a proverb and is quite a statement piece, I would recommend removing them and mounting as a gift for relatives overseas or lovers of France/Spain. 99% of the illustrations are confined to one page and not double spreads, so this would be easy to achieve. Each proverb is translated in the rear of the book, both in their foreign meanings and their English equivalents. There are also thumbnails revealing the location of the hidden items on each page.
Overall I'm really impressed by these new books from Lizzie, it's refreshing to have a theme which relates to only one part of the world as opposed to the collection of different monuments and cities we are used to in her books. Here are my finished pages.
Bon Voyage! by Lizzie Mary Cullen
Buena Vista by Lizzie Mary Cullen