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Ballad

Written by Blexbolex | Translated by Claudia Z. Bedrick | November 2013
Ballad
Enchanted Lion Books | November 2013

Ballad is a story, and like all great stories it deepens with each retelling. The story builds over seven sequences. The first has three images: school, path, home. The next gives us: school, street, path, forest, home. The following five sequences take up this story, but with new words and images that nearly double the previous sequence. Here a child takes in her surroundings as she returns home form school, and by telling stories about what she sees, she makes her world bigger and more complex. This story is as old as the world. It happens every day. This beautiful book is one of the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 2013.


Review

"All throughout, we're invited to reimagine the narrative as we absorb the growing complexity of the world - a beautiful allegory for our walk through life itself." - Publishers Weekly


Born in France in 1966, Blexbolex entered art school with the intention of becoming a painter, but left having discovered his talents as a silk-screen artist. He works both as an illustrator and a comic book artist. Inspired by vintage design, his work mixes old printing methods with new interpretations and techniques. An illustrator of graphic genius, he received the prestigious Golden Letter Award in 2009 for Best Book Design.


Article originally published by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States on frenchculture.org.

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